Lawrence is a NetWork Kansas Metropolitan E-Community!

Read more about the Lawrence Metro E-Community. Need more info or interested in applying? Email Adam Handshy or give us a call at (785) 865-4411. You can download the Lawrence application here

If you live in Douglas County outside of Lawrence, there’s an e-community for you, too! Reach out to Jill deVries Jolicoeur via email or by calling (785) 330-2890. You can learn more about the Douglas County E-Community here.

NetWork Kansas Entrepreneurship (E-) Communities create a revolving loan fund that is reviewed at the local level. The loans are intended as gap financing to help entrepreneurs start or grow a business in a specific community. The loan program matches public sources of capital and bank loans, and can provide up to $45,000 per project. Funds are flexible and can be used for a variety of business purposes, including startup costs, purchasing an existing business, business expansion, working capital, inventory, and more.

The NetWork Kansas Entrepreneurship Community (E-Community) program is geared towards identifying and developing resources to assist local entrepreneurs in starting or growing a business. The goals of the E-Community partnership are to:

  • Grow a flourishing, sustainable entrepreneurial environment supportive of business startups and expansions;
  • Engage and/or develop entrepreneurial resources to meet identified community and business needs;
  • Create a revolving loan fund to provide matching loans to entrepreneurs and small businesses with local control of decisions and terms.

Programs included in the E-Communities include:

  • Destination Bootcamp
  • Youth Entrepreneur Challenge Series
  • Kansas Ice House Entrepreneur Program
  • Economic Gardening

Learn more about these programs by clicking here. 

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