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Staying Positive by Setting Precedent

By: Imagene Harris | January 21, 2015 --- All it takes is one step, or in the writer's case, one winter run to prove you can do it. How setting a precedent can help you stay positive and increase the attainability of your goals.

8 Must-Read Entrepreneurial Books


By: Anne Dewvall | January 15, 2015 Whether you are planning a big year of business growth or trying to challenge your mind, we’re here to stoke your entrepreneurial fire with eight killer book suggestions from our staff recommended to improve your business game or just keep you on your toes.

USSourceLink: Colleges and Communities Find New Ways to Collaborate for Economic Growth

By: Jeremy Hegle | January 14, 2015 --- How do leading-edge universities and their communities support entrepreneurs, students and inventors to create products and start businesses? Arizona State University (ASU) may have an answer.

KCSourceLink: Keep Up Your Guard Against Credit Card Fraud

By: KCSourcelink | December 22, 2014 --- You may not notice it, but credit card fraud could be taking a toll on your small business. Infrequent as incidents may be, they can quickly add up—as much as $155,000 a year for businesses with fewer than 100 employees, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Not only do you lose the cost of the goods or services involved, your bank may also impose fees if the transaction is disputed by the card’s true owner.

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.