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Ice House Participant Spotlight: Sweet Pear Bakery

Chantell Rather completed the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program in Pawnee County during the Spring of 2017. Learn about the impact that this program has had on her company and how it has helped further develop her entrepreneurial mindset.

YEC Series Student Spotlight: Lily Beach, Dogs Unleashed

Lily Beach competed in the 2017-2018 YEC Series at her local Douglas County competition. She placed first at that event. Since then, she has started selling her products all around the local area. Here, she talks about how this program has impacted her as an entrepreneur.

Ice House Participant Spotlight: Poppin' Patriot Fireworks

Brock and Bryttni Miller completed the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program in Pawnee County during the Spring of 2017. Learn about the impact that this program has had on their company and how it has helped further develop their entrepreneurial mindset.

Ecosystem Builders Unite – 2018 ESHIP Summit Takeaways

While the position you are paid for may be as economic development or chamber director, banker, or educator, if you believe in the power of connecting and breaking down silos in your communities to support entrepreneurs, you are also an ecosystem builder. These principles can be the answer to the question, “What can I do to strengthen my ecosystem besides invest funding?” Simone Elder of NetWork Kansas recaps her experience at the 2018 ESHIP Summit coordinated by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The 2018-2019 YEC Series Kicks Off

The school year is very close to starting and we know you are ready to dive into this year's YEC Series. Great news: we have finalized the local guidelines and requirements that you will need to start your in-depth planning.

Exploring the Maker Space Boot Camp Experience

Anne Dewvall, Director of Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Programming, revisits the learning, inspiration and fun of the "Maker Space Boot Camp" experience.

Thinking Regionally: The Value of E-Community Retreats

Ciara Thyfault, Senior Product Manager, Rural Entrepreneurship, Central Region, describes the value of connecting through E-Community regional retreats.

Summer Maker's Camp in Hodgeman County Inspires Students

Twenty-seven students between the 2nd and 6th grade took part in the first-ever Hodgeman County Maker’s Camp last week. It was a fun learning event that was created to expose kids (and their parents) to 3D Printing, Coding, Podcasting and Entrepreneurship.

A New Take on Ice House: Startup Northwest Kansas

Thomas County hosted an Ice House Entrepreneurship Mindset class with a unique twist this spring. Each participant developed a business plan, an elevator pitch, and a tradeshow display for a business concept. The experiment proved successful in attracting students to the course and engaging them in the class.

Passion for fashion, grit propels launch of Bling Glamour

Starting a business is taking a leap of faith for anyone, regardless of their circumstance. When Nicole Campos was faced with a life-altering condition, she pursued her dreams through optimism and confidence, trudging through both physical ailments and entrepreneurial waters.