By NetWork Kansas
NetWork Kansas’ Erik Pedersen and Amara Kniep are the featured guests of the EntreEd Talk podcast episode 79, which was released today. Pedersen and Kniep shared information about the organization’s support of entrepreneurship and small business growth as well as provided an overview of the E-Community program.
“We tend to work more from a grow-your-own mentality,” Pedersen said of the approach to entrepreneur-led economic development that NetWork Kansas and its E-Community program champions.
“At its core, it’s taking an asset, empowering a community, creating a close partnership and then making progress on local goals that [communities] deem strategic,” Pedersen said of how the E-Community framework operates.
EntreEd Talk is hosted by Toi Hershman and Laura McCall and covers stories of significance to inspire entrepreneurs across the globe.
Listen to the entire podcast here.
About NetWork of Kansas
NetWork Kansas was established as a component of the Kansas Economic Growth Act of 2004 to further entrepreneurship and small business growth as a priority for economic and community development in the State of Kansas. Backed by more than 500 partners statewide, the NetWork Kansas service promotes an entrepreneurial environment by connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners with the expertise, education and economic resources they need in order to succeed. For more information about NetWork Kansas, call 877.521.8600 or email [email protected].
NetWork Kansas facilitates the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem within participating communities through the E-Community Partnership. Contributing factors to successful development include availability of financial capital, support by local leadership and development of educational resources. All of these factors combine to increase entrepreneurial activity in participating towns, leading to increased startup activity, business expansion, job creation and more.