What is NetWork Kansas?
NetWork Kansas develops an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kansas that connects aspiring, emerging, and established businesses to a wide network of business-building resource organizations across the state. NetWork Kansas provides small businesses and entrepreneurs with free, easy access to the resources they need to succeed.
NetWork Kansas also works with communities through its Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Partnership to create local, sustainable funding programs, as well as creating a virtual network of expertise and educatio nal resources for entrepreneurs at the local level.
NetWork Kansas E-Community Summary
Garnett/Anderson County, a NetWork Kansas Entrepreneurship Community has made a commitment to cultivating an entrepreneurial environment by identifying and developing resources to help local entrepreneurs start or grow businesses. The E-Community has a locally-controlled loan fund to assist entrepreneurs with capital and connectivity to resources to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses.
E-Community Loan Fund Application
Anderson County Development Agency (ACDA) is a partnership between the City of Garnett and Anderson County. With continual communication with the Kansas Department of Commerce, NetWork Kansas, Kansas Small Business Development Center and the Small Business Administration to provide resources to make business startups, expansion and relocation a win/win for everyone.
Business owners, what do you know about our efforts to be a Work Ready Community? Work Ready Communities (WRC) from ACT (the testing organization) is a framework for community-based workforce development designed to drive economic growth. Regions improve their workforce and use quality criteria to compete for location consultants, investors and other decision-makers using data powered by the WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) More than 21,000 employers support NCRC nationwide.
Work Ready Communities get certified by meeting workforce and employer support goals established by ACT’s equitable criteria. Each goal category can be tracked extensively to provide additional competitive information:
Emerging Workforce: High School junior, senior, or recent graduate; college student or recent graduate
Current Workforce: Currently employed by public, private, or non-profit organizations or currently employed in government
Transitioning Workforce: Currently unemployed; GED or Adult ED participant; current or recent active-duty military
Supporting Employers: Endorsements of employers that recognize or recommend NCRC for hiring or promotion.
The first Anderson County Work Ready Community Task Force meeting was held on August 22, 2019 and the Task Force members “launched” in Anderson County on October 15. The Anderson County goals were set up by the Work Ready Community staff and these goals must be met two years after we launch our program.
As a business owner, if you are interested in learning more about becoming part of this organization, and encouraging our youth to find employment locally please contact Director of Economic Development, Sherry Harrison, at City Hall and visit this link to learn more information www.workready communities.org.