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Loudoun SourceLink: 4 Podcasts You Should Listen to Now

By: Lois Kirkpatrick | December 18, 2014 --- You’ve got to know more to grow more. Smart founders learn from others who’ve already built successful companies. But when you’re working around the clock to get a startup off the ground, you rarely have time for a business book.

Labette County Students Compete in Entrepreneurship Fair

By: Jamie Hofling | December 16, 2014 --- Labette County High School hosted its third annual business plan competition this month. Kylie Ludwig from Family and Consumer Sciences organized the event and worked with interested teachers, the school counselor, and principal to make it happen.

Links to Like – December 2014


By NetWork Kansas | December 15, 2014 --- There are so many things going on in the world of entrepreneurship that it’s impossible for us to share it all with you on our blog or in our news articles. Here are a few things we’re enjoying on the web this month.

Seven Lessons for Entrepreneurs: An Evening with America’s Tax Man, Henry W. Bloch

By: Pola Firestone | December 11, 2014 --- One of Kansas City’s greatest entrepreneurs, Henry W. Bloch, co-founded H&R Block Inc. in 1955 and helped build it into the world’s largest tax preparation company. Bloch spoke about, “Seven Lessons for Entrepreneurs,” at Kansas City’s Central Library in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week. The presentation also coincided with the paperback release of Tom Bloch’s book, Many Happy Returns: The Story of Henry Bloch, America’s Tax Man.

Bringing the Angel Underground Wellspring to the Surface

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By: Steve Radley | December 10, 2014 --- Several years ago, Trish Brasted from Wichita Technology Corporation and I began meeting to talk about the need for more angel investment groups in Kansas, particularly in the rural areas. Angel investors (angels) probably exist in your community but need help bubbling to the surface, where they can connect with innovative entrepreneurs.

Leisure-time and Sports Entrepreneurs: Watch Trends of Working Parents

By: Maria Brown | December 9, 2014 --- How men and women, especially those with children under age 18, spend their leisure time has changed over the last 50 years. For the entrepreneur whose product or service falls within a disposable income, leisure time category, watching these trends and addressing a niche may be crucial to success.

KCSourceLink: 4 Keys from a Successful Entrepreneur

By: Jenny Nepper | December 8, 2014 --- Being an entrepreneur can be a risky venture. Diana Kander, serial entrepreneur, bestselling author and senior fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a successful entrepreneur, having founded and sold a number of ventures. Kander’s book walks through four keys for de-risking your idea or startup so you can generate real revenue.

Entrepreneurship as a Career Choice

By Jamie Hofling | December 5, 2014 --- Sharing the opportunity to make entrepreneurship a career choice at the Clay Center High School career fair brought reminded Jamie Hofling of her own entrepreneurial aspirations as a teenager.

Save Money on Taxes; Avoid Scams

By: Lois Kirkpatrick | December 4, 2014 --- The time to save money on taxes is before April 15. Here are two key things small business owners can do by December 31 that can reduce the amount of taxes you'll owe next spring.

Director's Dialogue: Year in Review

By: Erik Pedersen | December 3, 2014 --- 2014 has been another year of growth for the Entrepreneurship Community Partnership. Highlights include the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, Growing Rural Businesses, $1.12 million on loans to small businesses, and more.