Wichita, Kansas --- Today, NetWork Kansas announced the hiring of Janet Miller, who joins the staff as Manager, Rural Entrepreneurship, Southeast Region. In her role, Miller will oversee 10 leadership teams in Southeast Kansas that include the following locations: Allen, Altamont, Anderson, Bourbon, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Girard, Linn, Montgomery and Neosho.
Miller brings extensive economic development experience to NetWork Kansas having served as the Director at Cherokee County Economic Development, Economic Development Director at Laredo Community College and an Enterprise Facilitator in Northeast Kansas providing business consulting services to hundreds of entrepreneurs.
"I've had the pleasure of knowing Janet for most of my seventeen years at NetWork Kansas, first in her role as an Enterprise Facilitator in Northeast Kansas, and most recently as the economic development director in Cherokee County,” said Erik Pedersen, President and Chief Operating Officer of NetWork Kansas. “She was our point of contact for Cherokee County E-Community and is well versed in all NetWork Kansas loan funds as well as our Board Certified programs.
“She's an ideal fit for this role.”
Prior to being employed by NetWork Kansas, Miller’s connections with the organization include:
· Serving as Cherokee County E-Community point person since 2015
· Creating & hosting the Cherokee County Youth Entrepreneur Fair annually from 2015-2022
· Being certified as an Ice House Facilitator – facilitated classes in 2018 (twice), 2019, & 2021
· Being certified as a Destination Creation Course Facilitator – facilitated a class in 2020
· Attending Maker Space Boot Camp at Independence Community College
· Hosting a Makers Camp for local junior high students
“I am extremely excited to have Janet join our team,” said Jenn Laird, Manager, Eastern Region for NetWork Kansas. “It will be such an honor and privilege for me to begin working alongside her in the Eastern Region. The addition of her experience, passion and dedication will make an impactful, positive change in the entrepreneurial ecosystems of southeast Kansas.”
Miller, who resides in Columbus, Kansas, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness from Kansas State University, a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics from Pennsylvania State University and is a graduate from The University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.
"I am excited to join the team at NetWork Kansas and to have the opportunity to support the E-Communities in Southeast Kansas,” Miller said. “They are already doing great work growing their entrepreneurial ecosystems, and it will be an honor to work alongside them as they continue to do so."
About NetWork Kansas:
NetWork Kansas, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is dedicated to making entrepreneurship a priority for economic and community development in the State of Kansas. NetWork Kansas connects aspiring entrepreneurs, emerging and established businesses, to a deep network of business-building and community development resource organizations across the state. NetWork Kansas is also the home of e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (e2). e2 provides best practice solutions to entrepreneurial ecosystem building in Kansas and nationally.
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