EshipConnect: Rural Entrepreneurship Event

Whether you are an established entrepreneur or you’re thinking of taking that leap of faith to start your own business, EshipConnect brings you an opportunity to talk to some of the leading business resource providers in the State of Kansas; allowing you to ask the questions that matter most to you and your business. Our panel of professionals is committed and armed with all the tools you need to take your venture to the next level. So get ready to build your network and make some connections to help develop upon your existing hard work and talents.

This come-and-go event is free to attend but registration is required: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Confirmed Resource Professional presentations:

9:00am Introduction

9:20am Women and Minority Owned Businesses Programs:  Rhonda Harris -Director, Office of Minority & Women Business Development; Kansas Department of Commerce.

9:40am Entrepreneur/Employee Learning Opportunities:  Sabrina William - Director, Management Development Center, College of Business & Entrepreneurship; Fort Hays State University.

10:00am WorkforceONE:  Tucky Allen - Business Services Director/Rapid Response Coordinator; Kansas WorkforceONE.

10:20am From Startup to Succession Planning:  Rick Feltenberger - Regional Director; Kansas Small Business Development Center.

10:40am E-Community and Funding Opportunities, Board Certified Programs - Business programs:  Sarah LaRosh - Product Manager, Rural Entrepreneurship, Western Region; NetWork Kansas. Amara Kniep - Product Manager, E-Community Programs; NetWork Kansas.

11:00am Kansas Department of Commerce - Business Assistance Programs:  Dan Steffen - N.C. Kansas Regional Project Manager, Business & Community Development; Kansas Department of Commerce.

11:20am USDA Business Assistance Programs (funding):  Doug Bruggeman - Loan Specialist, Rural Development; United States Department of Agriculture.

11:40am Employees and Employment:  Phyllis LaShell - Workforce Response Coordinator; KANSASWORKS.

12:30pm Agribusiness/Value Added Ag in Kansas; From The Land Of Kansas Program:  Kerry Wefald - Agriculture Marketing Director; Kansas Department of Agriculture   and Lexi Wright - From the Land of Kansas.

12:50pm Nex-Gen Programs:   Jacque Beckman - Director; Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth.

1:10pm SBA:  Michael Aumack - Economic Development Specialist & Public Information Officer; SBA.

1:30pm K-State Technology Development Institute:  Courtney Kuntz – Outreach Coordinator.

1:50pm NWKPDCi:  Randall Hrabe – Executive Director; Northwest Kansas Planning & Development Commission/Pioneer Country Development.

2:10pm K-State R&E/Hansen Programs:  Nadine Sigle – Associate, Community Vitality; K-State Research & Extension.

2:30pm NWKEICI Programs:  Scott Sproul – Director; Northwest Kansas Economic Innovation Center.

2:50pm SCORE:  Morris Engle – Mentor; SCORE

Use this opportunity to ask your questions in a private and informal setting. None of our partners will be charging a penny for their services at EshipConnect - They are all attending to help people like YOU because they are passionate about rural entrepreneurial success and businesses just like YOURS. If, for some reason, you have a question that can't be answered at the event, the team will connect you with the right people to get  the answers you need. 

This is an opportunity not to miss. We really look forward to welcoming you to Phillipsburg on November 19th.