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REGISTRATION OPENS FOR THE 3RD ANNUAL KANSAS YOUTH VIRTUAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE

Registration opens July 1 for a statewide virtual entrepreneurship competition for youth in Kansas in grades K-12. The 3rd Annual Kansas Youth Virtual Entrepreneurship Challenge, which was created during COVID-19 shutdowns, as a way for young people to have a platform to publicize their innovative products and services on a statewide platform. More than 140 young people participated in the challenge during its inaugural year.

e2 In-Depth: Rural Retailing and Area Spending Capture

This e2 in-depth focuses on why rural communities should focus development efforts on increasing area spending capture in our new thought paper, Rural Retailing. We also share stories about communities using innovative rural retail models to grow their economies in our accompanying podcast episode, Rural Retailing and Area Spending Capture.

e2 In-Depth: Insights from Ord, Nebraska

This e2 feature announces new e-learning courses on rural community prosperity development, free professional development resources centering on the community of Ord, Nebraska – a small Great Plains community demonstrating that entrepreneur-led development can empower a thriving, diverse, and resilient economy.

THREE NEW COMMUNITIES SELECTED TO JOIN THE E-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

Three communities have been selected by NetWork Kansas to participate in its innovative Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Partnership. Cloud County, Franklin County, and Trego County were selected in the 2022 competitive process.

KHFI Racial Equity Policy: Progress Over Perfection

In this equity policy overview, Imagene Harris of NetWork Kansas describes the collaborative development of the KHFI Racial Equity Policy and the role that "progress over perfection" played in the policy's roll-out. "...we do know continued learning is the key. We have to try. Moving forward is better than standing still," Harris writes.

NetWork Kansas Welcomes Janet Miller to its Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Partnership Team

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.

e2 In-Depth: Regional Development and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building

This e2 in-depth features an analysis showing that rural communities who partnered with strong regional development organizations had more robust and successful economic development.

NETWORK KANSAS RECEIVES $30,000 GRANT TO GROW YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE SERIES ACROSS KANSAS

The Dane G. Hansen Foundation has awarded NetWork Kanas a grant that allows all 26 counties in the northwest region to have equal access to participate in the YEC Series, which will strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem and provide the region's youth with valuable knowledge and experiences.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Announces $3 Million in Funding to NetWork Kansas to Accelerate Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation recently announced $3 million in funding to the Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship DBA NetWork Kansas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing entrepreneurial ecosystems in Kansas by connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners to a network of business-building resources.

Nine Years of Youth Entrepreneurship in Kansas

The YEC Series started as a grassroots competition in a school gymnasium in a tiny town in northwest Kansas. Over the years, those grassroots spread and now 1,000 students across the state from communities of all sizes participate in a unified championship series, connecting all of Kansas through youth entrepreneurship.