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introducing the

kck urban e-community

A NetWork Kansas initiative

The Kansas City, Kansas (Urban) E-Community was one of five new E-Communities NetWork Kansas selected in 2019 as part of a competitive process. As an E-Community, they will be allocated an amount of gap financing funds to be loaned to local businesses.  They will also be able to participate in NetWork Kansas board certified programs such as Ice House Entrepreneurial Mindset, Destination Boot Camp and Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, ultimately creating a dynamic entrepreneurial environment.

"We welcome the addition of KCK to our Entrepreneurship (E-) Community network,” said Erik Pedersen, Vice President of Entrepreneurship, NetWork Kansas.  “The members of this team have worked for two years to break down silos and build the foundation of an inclusive process to support entrepreneurs and small business owners. This team will do great things for KCK and we’re happy NetWork Kansas can partner with them.”   

"This is such a great opportunity to bridge existing resource partners with the entrepreneurs in Kansas City, Kansas,” said Kira Hopkins, CEO Founder, Entrepreneur Business Basics, who will serve as a co-leader for the E-Community. “Having the support of NetWork Kansas will help us to ensure the future of a healthy ecosystem for small business owners right here in our community. We look forward to being able to help fill the gaps for entrepreneurs by way of funding, programming and one-on-one support."

Additional co-leaders include Dr. Alicia Hooks, Director of Entrepreneurship, Workforce and Career Center- Kansas City Kansas Community College and Dr. Donnetta Watson, Founder/CEO of The National Black MasterMind Group.

Upcoming KCK E-Community dates:

  • Tuesday, December 10th @ 3:30pm

  • Tuesday, February 11th@ 3:30pm

  • Tuesday, April 14th, @ 3:30pm

  • Tuesday, June 9th, @ 3:30pm

2nd annual kck create campaign forum 

Save the Date_Create Campaign KCK Forum.

KCK urban entrepreneurs: this free forum provides you with an opportunity to connect with compelling speakers, resource partners, workshops, panels and more to grow your businesses.

This is a great chance to network, learn and grow.

Special thanks to lead sponsors for the

KCK Create Campaign Forum:

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

NetWork Kansas

Cox Business


inaugural create campaign forum

Create Campaign KCK kicked off in October 2017 with 52 entrepreneurs connecting with service partners to learn ways to launch, develop and grow their KCK-based businesses.

A follow-up mixer allowed in-depth connections to be made. 

In 2018, we'll focus on developing actionable strategies

to enhance an even more dynamic minority business network in KCK.

Want to participate? Contact us.

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