For Immediate Release
December 17, 2019
Contact: Steve Radley
Wichita, Kansas, --- Today NetWork Kansas announced Labette Bank has made a commitment to be an Anchor Supporter of NetWork Kansas in an effort to provide small businesses with additional support. Anchor Supporters are banks making a significant contribution through participation in the Entrepreneurship Tax Credit. Banks can now utilize up to $100,000 in credits annually.
Labette Bank is headquartered in Altamont, KS with branches in Parsons, Oswego, Columbus, Pittsburg, Cherokee, Frontenac, LaCygne and Pleasanton with LPO in Topeka, KS.
“We are very pleased to participate in this valuable program that allows small business a needed access point for capital to build or start new businesses in rural Kansas,” said Tina Arb, Senior Vice President, Labette Bank
Funds donated provide capital to the nationally-recognized Entrepreneurship Community Partnership (E-Communities), statewide loan programs, and entrepreneurship programming. E-Communities include 64 communities across the state.
“Our E-Communities continue to innovate to ensure that entrepreneurs and small businesses are connected to the capital and technical assistance they need,” stated Erik Pedersen, NetWork Kansas Vice President. “Banks are the number one source of capital and are, once again, stepping up to provide support.”
The Kansas Bankers Association (KBA) in coordination with NetWork Kansas introduced Senate Bill 90 to allow banks and savings and loans the opportunity to utilize the 75% tax credit. Under the original 2004 legislation, financial institutions were not able to participate. The bill also increases the cap from $50,000 to $100,000 in tax credits.
“We were pleased to lead efforts on Senate Bill 90 so that banks across Kansas could support efforts to provide technical assistance and gap funding to businesses in their area,” said Doug Wareham, KBA President & CEO. “More than 100 bankers serve on local Entrepreneurship Community Leadership Teams that they can now support by taking advantage of the tax credit.”
Banks interested in participating in this tax credit program can call 877.521.8600 and ask for Steve Radley or Erik Pedersen to make a commitment or to learn more.
About NetWork Kansas:
NetWork Kansas was established as a component of the Kansas Economic Growth Act of 2004 to further entrepreneurship and small business growth as a priority for economic and community development in the State of Kansas. Backed by more than 500 partners statewide, the NetWork Kansas service promotes an entrepreneurial environment by connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners with the expertise, education and economic resources they need in order to succeed.
NetWork Kansas facilitates the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem within participating communities through the E-Community Partnership. Contributing factors to successful development include availability of financial capital, support by local leadership and development of educational resources. All of these factors combine to increase entrepreneurial activity in participating towns, leading to increased startup activity, business expansion, job creation and more.
For more information about the Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Partnership, visit www.networkkansas.com/ecommunities, or call 877.521.8600.