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Clay County Economic Development Group Going Beyond Gap Financing

The Clay County Economic Development Group is just one example of an E-Community utilizing the funds for something other than the gap financing everyone sees as ‘the sexy’ part of the program.  They aren’t just treating the partnership as a revolving loan fund but actively engaging with NetWork Kansas to help grow the CCEDG’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

A New Captain for YEC Ship

The NetWork Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Series embarks on its fifth year of continued growth with a number of changes. Learn how Amara Kniep will manage this year’s series to success.

NetWork Kansas Kicks off 2017-2018 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) Series

Wichita, KS – NetWork Kansas announces the official start of the 2017-2018 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) series with the release of YEC Local Guidelines and the YEC Event Portal.

E-Communities in the Driver's Seat

We are here to help you decide what strategic focus is right for your E-Community.

Ice House Fosters an Entrepreneurial Mindset for 116 Participants

By Amara Kniep | June 19, 2017 The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is a class devoted to encouraging participants to develop an entrepreneurial mindset – to view problems as opportunities. This course is sponsored by NetWork Kansas in selected communities across the state. In my role at NetWork Kansas, I’ve been to many Ice House classes and have seen and want to share the impact it has on participants.

Growing Rural Businesses Results in Entrepreneurial and Professional Growth

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Amara Kniep shares lessons she learned from Growing Rural Businesses, and how the course spurred entrepreneurial and professional growth.

Taking Business to the Next Level at Grad DBC

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Many E-Communities and E-Community businesses are already familiar with Jon Schallert’s popular Destination Business Boot Camp (DBC), one of our board certified programs. This summer, NetWork Kansas expanded our board certified programs to include an advanced course for graduates of DBC who want to take their business to the next level.

Grow the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

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A local Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge event may be just the key to planting the seeds to grow the next generation of entrepreneurs in your community. Simone Elder offers some best practices to help your event be a success.

Leadership Training Energizes Central E-Communities

Leadership Team Performance Training The Leadership Team Performance Training pilot was a success! On Monday, June 27, five E-Communities gathered in McPherson for a full-day training. Don Macke, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, led a lively workshop filled with thought-provoking discussion points and ideas for participants to take back to their communities.

2015-2016 YEC Season a Success!

By: Anne Dewvall. As the school year gives way to summer across the state, I am revisiting the past year of youth entrepreneurship at NetWork Kansas. Through our Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) series, E-Communities host local entrepreneurship competitions for students ranging in age from 7th to 12th grade. The 2015-2016 school year marked our third successive year partnering with communities at the local level to organize these events.