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NetWork Kansas, Rural LISC partner to roll-out Verizon Small Business Digital Ready Platform

Beginning today, small business owners are able to access the Verizon Small Business Digital Ready platform through a link specific to NetWork Kansas to gain access to tools, modules and resources to help their small business development.

Partner Feature: “Sometimes we’re that ‘somebody’” A new place for Kansas City, Kansas entrepreneurs to call home

Today, Dr. Donnetta Watson will welcome visitors to view the new Kansas City, KS Entrepreneurial Resource and Training Center. A grand opening event is happening at the location, 1121 N. 5th Street, Kansas City, KS 66101 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Masks are required to attend.

Partner Feature: E-COMMUNITY PROGRAM CROSSES $1.25 MILLION IN SMALL BUSINESS LENDING

In just over four years of operation the Atchison E-Community Program has now closed 27 loans totaling just over $1,250,000 for local small businesses.

Now Hiring: Product Manager

NetWork Kansas, a statewide organization devoted to the establishment of entrepreneurship as a priority for economic and community development, is hiring for the position of Product Manager.

NetWork Kansas announces participation in the Kauffman Foundation Spark Heartland Program and new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Advisory Board

NetWork Kansas, a statewide organization devoted to the establishment of entrepreneurship as a priority for economic and community development, announced two initiatives today: acceptance into the Kauffman Foundation’s Spark Heartland Program and the launch of a new advisory board to help guide the organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies.

Investors join to infuse nearly $1.2 million into Hoke Hotel project

In a commitment to local asset preservation, economic development and entrepreneurship, several community investors have partnered to offer more than $1 million in financing to the Hoke Hotel LLC project in downtown Hutchinson, the Hutchinson Community Foundation reports.

Board votes to allow computer science to count as core math, science credit

Computer science can now be counted as a core math or science credit toward high school graduation per the The Kansas State Board of Education. “This policy change was an important step towards arming our students with critical skills for their future career paths,” said Nick Poels, Director of Remote Work and Entrepreneurship at NetWork Kansas, and the project lead for Ignister – a new initiative designed to enhance computer science opportunity across the state.

The Path of the Kansas Community Investment Fund So Far

The Kansas Community Investment Fund (KCIF) was launched in 2019 as a three-year, gap-financing initiative to tackle health equity issues Kansans are facing. The ideas we tried and changed were essential to progress and created a framework driven by a vision.

NetWorked Partnership for Community Investment Launches to Boldly Solve Community Challenges

NetWorked Partnership for Community Investment seeks to provide a model that connects community development organizations, community foundations, economic development organizations, entrepreneurship support organizations, health foundations, health organizations and minority-led organizations through convenings.

StartUp Hutch Assists in Providing Loan to Fill County Gaps

“This grant provides Reno County with necessary medical services that have not been easily accessible for many in our community,” said Jackson Swearer, Entrepreneur Navigator and Program Director at StartUp Hutch. “It also brings another business to occupy a previously vacant building in Hutchinson and grow our community."