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Poels honored with NREDA President’s Award

Nick Poels, received the National Rural Economic Developers Association (NREDA) President’s Award for outstanding support and commitment to rural economic development.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas grants funds to support The Kansas Community Investment Fund

NetWork Kansas and the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) announced today the first corporate sponsor for the Kansas Community Investment Fund (KCIF) is Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBCKS). BCBSKS will award NetWork Kansas a Blue Health Initiative Trailblazer grant totaling $150,000 annually for the next three years.

International Awards Received by Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation

Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation won three awards from the International Economic Development Council Excellence in Economic Development Awards. The honors were presented at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference, the week of October 12.

Sharing our work: NetWork Kansas featured on EntreEd Talk podcast

NetWork Kansas' Erik Pedersen and Amara Kniep are the featured guests of the EntreEd Talk podcast episode 79, which was released today. Pedersen and Kniep shared information about the organization's support of entrepreneurship and small business growth as well as provided an overview of the E-Community program.

NetWork Kansas Responds To Need For Computer Science Connections

NetWork Kansas alongside the Kansas Department of Commerce, announced they will be expanding their programs to bring computer science connections to more Kansas areas.

NetWork Kansas Awards $250,000 in Grants from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas for COVID-19 Relief Measures

NetWork Kansas announces it has awarded $250,000 in grants from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS). The grants have been given to nine colleges and small businesses in Kansas that are making personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers with low supply during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Restart Kansas: A Proven Demonstration of Inclusion in Entrepreneurship

The root of the inequities experienced by the African-American community should be addressed — including roots that have created inequities in economic development and entrepreneurship. Christina Long offers key takeaways on how the Restart Kansas County Loan program has benefitted African-American entrepreneurs in Wichita and how the program can serve as a lending model to advance inclusion in entrepreneurship.

NetWork Kansas announces new national e2 rural entrepreneurship initiative

Effective January 1, 2019, a new national initiative launches known as e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. The Center’s Co-Founder, Don Macke, joins the NetWork Kansas team as Vice President. This innovative effort will provide a platform to offer learning institutes, a consulting network, analytics support and mentoring to benefit the entrepreneurs, small businesses, resource partners and communities in Kansas as well as nationally.

Ecosystem Builders Unite – 2018 ESHIP Summit Takeaways

While the position you are paid for may be as economic development or chamber director, banker, or educator, if you believe in the power of connecting and breaking down silos in your communities to support entrepreneurs, you are also an ecosystem builder. These principles can be the answer to the question, “What can I do to strengthen my ecosystem besides invest funding?” Simone Elder of NetWork Kansas recaps her experience at the 2018 ESHIP Summit coordinated by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

NetWork Kansas Celebrates Twelve Years by launching the “KSESHIP” Mobile App

NetWork Kansas, which connects startups and existing businesses with a statewide network of resources, celebrated its 12th anniversary this month by introducing the “KSeship” mobile application. The app, developed by Clutch Studio in Wichita, was designed to simplify access to three types of resources that entrepreneurs and businesses may need at some point in their business lifecycle.