IBSA Newswire


712 Innovations brings ‘makerspace’ to Topeka

712 Innovations will provide business-makers with things they need to get their ideas off the ground, including 3D printers and other tools. The cost of membership for 712 patrons to use the makerspace will range from $30 to $300 (per month? per week? per day?), with some qualifying for free services through a Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library partnership

712 Innovations brings ‘makerspace’ to Topeka.



Written by ibsa

October 31, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Tradebank Mixer and Tradebank University Date

Join us to learn more on how you can benefit from the efforts of the local Tradebank to save you cash

Tradebank of Topeka Trade Mixer/ Trade U

Tradebank Members & Interested Business Owners,

We will be having a Tradebank Mixer/ Trade U on November 12, At 6 PM. That is a Wednesday!! With the holidays coming I feel it will be a great way to get together and come up with some great Holiday Ideas. It will also be a chance to meet the new Tradebank of Topeka Members and have some fun. There will be some COOL Prizes and Chances to Win so Set your calendar to Join us. Please RSVP By November 10th so that we know how many prizes and fun stuff we will need.

This mixer will be hosted by Kristi Ditmer at her new Studio!!!!

Ditmer Digital and Design
5618 SW 29th St, 5618 Southwest 29th Street
Topeka, KS 66614,

Remember that you can bring someone with you that is interested in knowing more about Tradebank. Bring something that you would like to sell or a list of things you would like to purchase.

Let’s do some Trading!!

Follow us on Twitter at @vbaumgartner1 and let us know how we’re doing.
Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tradebank-of-Topeka

So Please Join us Wednesday, November 12 at 6 PM at Kristi’s!!!!!


Violet Baumgartner
Tradebank of Topeka

Written by ibsa

October 22, 2014 at 5:26 pm

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Preparing preschool-aged youth: Funding Opportunity

Reminder that the proposals are due next week.

I also wanted to clarify a few points that the range we are looking at is anywhere between $2,500 to $7,000 for funding given out to each organization. We have $7,000 to give to one to three different organizations.

Also, if you happened to go over the 5 page limit we have requested that is totally acceptable. If you feel that it is viable information, please do not hesitate to add it to the proposal. Also, feel free to attach any information that you wish to include that we may not have requested.

I have attached a request for proposal document to this email. Please look over this document and have applications returned to me by November 1st, 2014

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you for your time, I hope to hear from all you soon.

Corinne Hoffhines, corinne.hoffhines

Washburn University LEAD Team

Building One R.A.


The Joe and Janet Aleshire Venture Grant Program student leadership team wants to make a difference in children’s lives by positively motivating, educating, and leading through programs that will benefit children in low income families. We want to accomplish this by focusing on preparing preschool-aged youth with the skills needed to enter kindergarten.

B. About the Program


1. The purpose of the Joe and Janet Aleshire Venture Grant Program, hereinafter called Program, is to acquaint students at Washburn University with philanthropic opportunities and their future civic responsibilities while providing funding to stimulate the initiative of effective non-profit program development that addresses early childhood development (prenatal care to six years of age).

Joe and Janet Aleshire Grant RFP.DOCX

Written by ibsa

October 22, 2014 at 1:14 pm

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End-Dependence Project Director Position

Job Description:

The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) currently has an Unclassified End-Dependence Project Manager position in the Rehabilitation Services unit. The location of the position may be negotiated. Salary is commensurate with experience and education.

As an End-Dependence Project Manager, you will:

Provide management and oversight for End-Dependence Kansas, which is a multi-year initiative designed to increase employment outcomes of Kansans with disabilities.

Promote self-sufficiency, and end/reduce dependence on public assistance benefits through employment. This project will implement evidence-based practices through community-based service providers. Effectively collaborate with and monitor these community partners to assure successful implementation and achievement of outcomes. Coordinate and collaborate with the technical assistance/evaluation contractor and with multi-disciplinary staff teams implementing the initiative and related vocational rehabilitation services.

This position will also facilitate collaboration among other initiative sponsors including the Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services, the Kansas Department of Commerce, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Education and Minimum Requirements:

Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Public Administration or closely related fields; or a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services, Public Administration or closely related fields PLUS three years of experience.

Preferred Screening Criteria:

Experience in vocational rehabilitation services, providing employment placement and supports, and specific experience working with individuals with disabilities. Successful candidate must have successful experience managing large projects or new initiatives.

Click on the link to download position description here,

Performance Standards:
To be successful, the expectation is that a candidate will be able to competently perform the routine tasks of the position with limited supervision by the end of the probation period.

The application process has 3 STEPS:

STEP 1: Register by completing the online Personal Data Form:
(Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID number).

STEP 2: Complete the State of Kansas Application Form:
http://admin.ks.gov/services/state-employment-center/sec-home/state-employment/apply and submit to the Department for Children and Families.

STEP 3: Email these additional required documents to Debbie Lang; Debbie.Lang.

Include the job requisition number and your last name in the subject line.
*Cover Letter
*Three (3) Work References
*Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

KANSAS TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED: Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website at http://www.ksrevenue.org/taxclearance.html.

A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. All applicants, including current state employees, are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785 296-3199.

Recruiter Contact: Debbie Lang
Phone: (785) 296-5103
Email: Debbie.Lang
Fax: (785) 296-2173

How You Will Be Evaluated:
Your application will be considered incomplete and you may be found ineligible if you fail to submit all required documentation. Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum and any necessary special requirements. Next, your application will be evaluated and rated based on preferred selection criteria and competencies for the position.

What To Expect Next:
After your application is evaluated and ranked, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome after the selection process is completed. You may call or email the recruiter contact listed to inquire about your application.

Please contact the agency recruiter if a reasonable accommodation is needed for any part of the application or hiring process.

The Department for Children and Families is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Written by ibsa

October 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm

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MoDOT is accepting applications for the 2015 DBE Entrepreneurship Training Program.

MoDOT is currently accepting applications for the 2015 DBE Entrepreneurship Training Program. This program provides certified DBE firms in our communities’ direction and support to grow their business.

MoDOT has offered this highly regarded training to DBE firms since 2007. There are now over 100 DBE firms in Missouri who have completed this program. Many graduates have since become highly successful businesses and we look forward to more businesses joining their ranks by applying for the next session.

This unique training program is based on the Kauffman FastTrac curriculum and utilizes a weekly workshop format for learning, including lectures by professionals with small business expertise, presentations by MODOT staff and one-on-one coaching by trained business counselors.

This year MoDOT is making available 30 full scholarshipsto DBE firm owners to attend the 2015 Entrepreneurship Training Program. MoDOT and the Federal Highway Administration view this training Program as an important investment in promoting success among DBE firms and in offering these scholarships, hope to make available this highly regarded program to all the DBE firm owners.

In Kansas City, classes are held at Missouri Department of Transportation Office, 600 Northeast Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086. In St. Louis, classes are held in MoDOT’s Transportation Management Center located at 14301 South Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017. The 10 weekly classes will begin on Friday, January 9, 2015 in Kansas City and on Friday, January 16, 2015 in St. Louis (all classes are on Fridays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.)

As a community partner, we encourage you to pass this information along to your members who can benefit from the DBE Entrepreneurship Training Program. This training is facilitated by MoDOT’s consultants for DBE Supportive Services, Philips & Associates, Inc. More information regarding the program is attached. Applications can be filled out online by going to www.jotform.us/modot/etp.

If you have any question regarding the program or need additional information, please contact Ms. Shobha Philips at Philips & Associates sphilips.)

The mission of MoDOT’s Supportive Services Program is to provide effective business development assistance to DBE firms. We hope you will consider participating in this valuable training opportunity.


Lester Woods, Jr.

Missouri Department of Transportation

External Civil Rights Director

Brochure SS Summary.pdf

Written by ibsa

October 14, 2014 at 1:19 pm

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Notable Topekans and Public Art RFP

Notable Topekans and Public Art RFP
TOPEKA, KAN. – Today, on behalf of the Downtown Topeka Foundation, Architect One has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to begin reviewing the proposals for sculptural artwork slated for installation on Kansas Avenue.

ARTSConnect and DTI are partnering with Architect One, PA to help promote the sculpture and public art RFP and the improvements it will bring to Downtown Topeka. The deadline for submitting a proposal will be October 28th at 2:00p CDT.

Please download the Press Release and RFP for additional information:

The RFP seeks design proposals from visual artists who will undertake the creation of the likenesses of eleven Notable Topekans and five public art sculptures that will be featured in the pocket parks. Five of the eleven Notable Topekan sculptures are included in the initial wave of redevelopment and are fully funded. The remaining six are subject to the procurement of additional funds. Five of the public art sculptures are to be included in the pockets parks designed with input from Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Capitol Federal, Security Benefit, Bartlett West, and US Bank.

Written by ibsa

October 14, 2014 at 1:08 pm

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Business Opportunity Fair in Topeka

Business Opportunity Fair

You are invited to the Business Opportunity Fair!

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Maner Conference Center
17th and Western
Topeka, KS 66612

Join us for the Business Opportunity Fair where opportunities are created for small, minority and women business owners to connect with procurement and contracting officers. The event includes networking time along with workshops to offer valuable information to grow your business.

The cost to attend is $25/person and includes lunch. Click here to register by Oct. 30, 2014.

Visit KansasCommerce.com/BusinessFair for the complete schedule of events and current list of business exhibitors.

If you are interested in being an exhibitor or sponsor, download and submit our form.

Contact Rhonda Harris at rharris or (785) 296-3425 with questions.

We hope to see you there!

The Business Opportunity Fair is hosted by the Kansas Department of Commerce, City of Topeka and GO Topeka/Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development.

Kansas Department of Commerce

State of Kansas Online Minority & Women Business Directory Search

Written by ibsa

October 14, 2014 at 7:03 am

Posted in Uncategorized


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