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Molding Entrepreneurial Culture from Clay

By Jamie Hofling | March 28, 2015 --- Entrepreneurial progress is possible for every community. Jamie Hofling shares some of the steps fledgling NetWork Kansas Entrepreneurship Community Clay County has taken over the past year to cultivate their entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Director's Dialogue: Courtland Fun Day: 50 Years and Growing

By: Erik Pedersen | March 20, 2015 --- A small town festival in Courtland Kansas is bucket-list worthy. Why Courtland Fun Day earned a spot on Erik Pedersen's "must do" list.

Director's Dialogue: Ice House

By: Erik Pedersen | January 28, 2015 --- A couple of years ago, Jill Nichols (Rice County Economic Development Director) called and asked me to travel to Sterling for a meeting. She and Brian Richter (teacher at Sterling High School and facilitator of the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program) were hosting the first Rice County Ice House class and she knew I'd want NetWork Kansas to be a part of this.

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.

Director's Dialogue: Dodge City's Economic Growth Teaches Lessons

By: Erik Pedersen | November 19, 2014 --- Dodge City has grown from the 260th strongest micro-economy in '04 to the 21st strongest micro-economy in '14. A recent presentation by Joann Knight of Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation and William Fruth of the POLICOM Corporation delved into keys to Dodge City's success.

Optimizing a Leadership Team

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By Jamie Hofling | October 20, 2014 --- As I become more familiar with E-Community leadership teams, I’m recognizing the importance of certain elements of the team that help them be proactive in their approach to building an entrepreneurial culture. It can’t be overlooked that the leadership team and others involved in building the culture are primarily made up of volunteers therefore it is crucial that the right people be on the team and that there be a common thread, a shared purpose among members.

Cultivating Entrepreneurial Culture: Part 3 of 3

By Steve Radley | July 2, 2014 --- In the first two parts of my discussion about cultivating entrepreneurial culture (Part 1, Part 2), I focused on elements of an entrepreneurial culture and then highlighted real-life examples of steps communities are taking to increase connectivity to expertise, education, and economic resources.

Director’s Dialogue: Three Visits, One Lesson

By Corey Mohn | June 27, 2014 --- Spring has been a busy season for me and the work we are doing in Statewide Programs for NetWork Kansas. Three particularly big events occurred in the span of six weeks. Although these events were spread across the country, ranging from Washington D.C. to Kansas to Nashville, TN, they were united by a common theme.

Director's Dialogue: Reflecting on Seven Years of Growth

By Erik Pedersen | June 25, 2014 --- June 18th was the NetWork Kansas quarterly board meeting, held in Topeka. Each year, the June board meeting is where we discuss the upcoming year's vision, goals and projects, and set our budget.

Director's Dialogue: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

By Erik Pedersen | May 21, 2014 --- We are nearing a time of year that is very special to me. No, it's not summer vacation with the family or the father/son fishing trip that I'll finally be able to go on this year, although both of those are nice.