NetWork Kansas is growing an entrepreneurial environment in Kansas by cultivating resources to start and grow small businesses. We are a statewide network of non-profit business-building resources that help entrepreneurs and small business owners startup and grow successful businesses. 

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News Release: NetWork Kansas to Host Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge May 7, 2014

Wichita, Kansas, April 24, 2014 --- NetWork Kansas is hosting the first annualYouth Entrepreneurship Challenge May 7, 2014 in Bird City, Kansas. Northwest Kansas middle and high school students will compete for $5,000 in prize money at this regional competition. The Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge features a business plan tradeshow, elevator pitches, and formal business presentations. Mike Bosch, serial entrepreneur and PIPELINE fellow, will be the featured lunch speaker. The event is open to the public, but RSVPs must be received by April 30.

H&R Block Founder, Entrepreneurship Workshops Highlight Kansas City’s National Small Business Week Event

By SBA | Apr 24, 2014 --- WASHINGTON, D.C. – Workshops on small business lending, securing federal contracts, expanding international trade locally, and remarks from H&R Block founder Henry W. Bloch are among the top draws planned for the May 13 National Small Business Week event in Kansas City.

Featured Partner: MakeICT

By: Amara Kniep | Apr 23, 2014 --- Located in the heart of downtown Wichita, the pioneers of a new trend are hard at work molding circuit boards, foam, and plastic into innovative creations. MakeICT is Wichita’s unique makerspace, but few have ever heard of it. Makerspaces are a relatively new concept that combines manufacturing tools with education and community. At MakeICT, members of the community can access tools such as a 3D printer, foam cutter, CNC machine, PCB mill, drill press tools, and an electronics workspace.

Entrepreneur Mike Bosch to Speak at 2014 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

By NetWork Kansas | Apr 22, 2014 --- Mike Bosch, serial entrepreneur and small town evangelist, will be the lunch speaker at the 2014 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in Bird City, Kansas. Bosch, a 2014 Pipeline Fellow, is the founder of Dawn Fiber (soon to be Free State Fiber), a fiber optic Internet service based in Baldwin City, Kansas.

Latest Blog Posts

SoMNSourceLink: The Story of an Entrepreneur

By Maria Brown | Apr 25, 2014 --- SoMNSourceLink and others involved in supporting entrepreneurs are familiar with the Edward T. Lowe Foundation, creators of data on business start-ups and jobs in the US found on YourEconomy.org. But as with most foundations, there is an interesting story behind the man whose vision created a base strong enough to establish this foundation. Ed’s story is found on the Foundation’s web site.
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Director’s Dialogue: Courageous Conversations

By Erik Pedersen | Apr 23, 2014 --- I crossed through about 3 different weather patterns as I drove from Wichita to Goodland on April 13th, each pattern getting colder, windier, and snowier; and I complained (to myself and the windshield) all the way. I had been invited to participate in a meeting with some passionate Goodland community leaders addressing the issue of business transition. As the snow pelted my windshield, it was easy to wish I were warm at home instead, but once I arrived, I was glad I had braved the snowy drive to join this courageous and forward-thinking group.
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2nd Annual Sherman County E-Fair a Success

By Erik Pedersen | Apr 18, 2014 --- Goodland High School hosted the 2nd Annual Sherman County Entrepreneurship Fair on April 14th, in cooperation with Sherman County Economic Development Director, Michael Solomon.
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The Rawlins County E-Fair: An Entrepreneurial Rainbow

By Anne Dewvall | Apr 16, 2014 --- If variety is the spice of life, then the students assembled at Rawlins County High School in Atwood April X, were zesty indeed. Eleven business teams submitted business plans for entrepreneurial ideas that varied from practical service businesses to a business so high-tech, it’s not even legal yet.
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The Cheylin E-Fair: Simply Successful

By Anne Dewvall | Apr 14, 2014 --- The Cheylin Entrepreneurship Fair has become a tradition in northwest Kansas. It’s a grassroots effort that local community foundation director, Cathy Domsch, has kept going strong for nine years. She and Darci Shields organize the annual event with cooperation from local teachers. This year, fifteen students in 7-12 grade participated in the competition on March 27, entering a total of fourteen businesses. Considering that there are approximately 70 students enrolled in grades 7-12, this event boasts roughly a 20% participation rate.
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Upcoming Events

2014 Kansas Innovation Summit - Independence

Location: Independence, KS
Starts: Apr 25, 2014 @ 8:00 AM

Small Business Tax Workshop

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Starts: Apr 25, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

Contractors Tax Workshop

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Starts: Apr 25, 2014 @ 1:00 PM

Starting a Business: Small Business Basics in a Day

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Starts: Apr 29, 2014 @ 8:00 AM

Dealing with Government Contracting Officials: What Can You Really Say and Do?

Location: Wichita, KS
Starts: Apr 29, 2014 @ 8:30 AM

State Tax Workshop for Contractors- Wichita

Location: Wichita, KS
Starts: Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

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NetWork Kansas is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kansas that connects aspiring, emerging, and established businesses to a wide network of business-building resource organizations across the state. NetWork Kansas provides small businesses and entrepreneurs with free, easy access to the resources they need to succeed.

NetWork Kansas also works with communities through its Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Partnership to create local, sustainable funding programs as well as creating a virtual network of expertise and educational resources for entrepreneurs at the local level.