County sponsors course for entrepreneurs, new businesses

Updated: Dec 30, 2021

MOUND CITY – Linn County Economic Development Director Jessica Hightower told the Linn County Commissioners on Monday, Nov. 29 that she will be encouraging local entrepreneurs to attend an entrepreneurship program offered by NetWork Kansas.

Hightower said that the Linn County Economic Development committee partners with NetWork Kansas, which offers revolving loan funds for businesses and other programs that businesses can use to help educate themselves on business issues.

She said Linn County has sent people to Destination Boot Camp in Colorado, which was an intense three- or four-day marketing program.

“We are partnering with them again,” she said

The new program is called The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program. It helps lay the foundation for entrepreneurs to really establish good business processes, she said.

Hightower said it helps entrepreneurs to identify and evaluate opportunities, transfer ideas into successful ventures, set goals, and chart a path to accomplishing them and solve problems from a new perspective.

Linn County Economic Development is partnering with Anderson, Franklin, Miami and Wyandotte counties to present this program.

It will be hosted by Miami County at the Marais des Cygnes Extension district office at 913 S. Pearl in Paola. Miami County Economic Development Director Janet McRae is bringing in someone from Johnson County Community College to teach the program.

Registration is $279 for the businesses to attend, and once they complete all the sessions, owners of businesses in the five counties will be eligible for a $179 rebate from NetWork Kansas. That would make the total cost $100.

The course includes eight sessions from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays from Jan. 27 to March 17. A virtual option is available, however, for those who attend the session in person meals will be served.

Registration for the event closes Jan. 17.

Information can be found on the Linn County Economic Development Facebook page, and a flyer on the Linn County Journal front page website.

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