Network Kansas Announces New National E2 Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative
Contact: Steve Radley 316-425-7572
Wichita, Kansas, October 23, 2018 — NetWork Kansas is excited to announce that it is the new home for the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship’s e2 entrepreneurship expertise and resources. Effective January 1, 2019, a new national initiative launches known as e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. The Center’s Co-Founder, Don Macke, joins the NetWork Kansas team as Vice President. This innovative effort will provide a platform to offer learning institutes, a consulting network, analytics support and mentoring to benefit the entrepreneurs, small businesses, resource partners and communities in Kansas as well as nationally.
The impetus for the move came through years of working together in communities throughout Kansas and the emerging opportunity to strengthen entrepreneurial environments in rural and urban distressed geographies. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with this partnership arrangement,” says NetWork Kansas CEO Steve Radley, “It will allow NetWork Kansas to integrate thirty (30) years of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship’s work into our strategies for helping rural communities across Kansas and beyond.”
Additionally, NetWork Kansas will work with LOCUS Impact Investing through its recently announced partnership with the Kansas Health Foundation. The new initiative that creates the Kansas Community Philanthropy Innovators Network and the Kansas Community Investment Fund is designed with the ambitious goal of building healthier and more vibrant Kansas communities through integrated community and economic development efforts. These efforts will include community foundation and economic development organizational support and investment.
NetWork Kansas is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kansas that connects aspiring entrepreneurs, emerging and established businesses, to a deep network of business building resource organizations across the state. Partners include economic development organizations, small business development centers, Kansas Department of Commerce field offices, regional certified development companies, technology innovation centers, organizations specializing in minority and women owned businesses and more. For more information, visit www.networkkansas.com.
e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems is a new national platform hosted by NetWork Kansas that will offer institutes, a robust resource center, community consulting/mentoring and more. Watch for news to come about this exciting transition and new partnership work or visit www.energizingentrepreneurs.org.
LOCUS Impact Investing is a national social enterprise launched by Virginia Community Capital (VCC) in 2017 with a mission to empower place-focused institutions to invest their capital locally to build prosperous, vibrant communities. Prior to the launch, VCC, an $323 million Community Development Financial Institution and regulated Community Development Bank, acquired the nationally recognized Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, a leader in economic development philanthropy with its field-tested expertise and resources to help regional associations of grant makers, philanthropic serving organizations and place-focused foundations identify and implement strategies to create more resilient communities and regions. LOCUS offers a continuum of services starting with building capacity for community economic development all the way through to executing, servicing and monitoring local impact investments as well as aggregating capital for local and regional impact funds. LOCUS offers its investment advisory services through a registered investment advisor, LOCUS Capital.