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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.

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.