MCC’s Annual Procurement One-on-One “Making The Connection”

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Christine Kelly

Program Coordinator

Supplier Diversity

Metropolitan Community College

3200 Broadway

Kansas City, MO 64111

Email: Chris.Kelly

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Look Inside a Local Youth Entrepreneurship Competition – NetWork Kansas

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Find out what a local e-fair “is” with a peek inside Sherman County’s youth entrepreneurship competition.

What does a local entrepreneurship competition look like? Local entrepreneurship competitions are the heart of the NetWork Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) Series.

The Sherman County E-Community graciously allowed us to share a peek inside their local youth entrepreneurship competition with you. Watch the video to see Sherman County students, teachers, and judges in action.

YEC Series - Look Inside a Local Entrepreneurship Competition

For more information about the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, visit

Launch your dreams


For more information about using this program in your E-Community to grow your local entrepreneurial ecosystem, please contact your NetWork Kansas E-Community regional representative or e-mail boardcertified

Learn more about board certified E-Community Programs:

E-Community Board Certified Programs

NetWork Kansas, PO Box 877, Andover, KS 67002

Topeka Black Business Banquet – 2017

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You are cordially invited to attend our 2017 Black Business Banquet

Sharpening Our Business Edge  <>  Emerging Markets  <>  Money Matters

Join us in celebration of Black business achievement, excellence and to recognize our collective efforts to pursue our dreams & create jobs in Topeka/Shawnee County.

The evening will share opportunities available through a local countywide sales-tax for economic development, information on state policies that impact local business development, and an overview on some of the challenges; and opportunities anticipated going forward.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ramada Inn Downtown
420 Southeast 6th Avenue
Topeka, Kansas
Networking | Dinner | Information

Dell Gines


Keynote Speaker
Dell Gines, Sr. Community Development Advisor
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Econ Avenue


Admission: Starting at $35.00/person by June 12, 2017

Sponsor a Youth Table of 6 at $400

Download Banquet Overview  –  Download Print Registration

For an invoice to purchase ticket(s) or to pay for Sponsorships off-line, contact our office to speak with the Event Coordinator, Anthony Phillips



State & Local Procurement Officials, Corporate Buyers, Chambers of Commerce, Executive Professionals, Key State & Local Administrators and YOU…

Special Guests:

Larry Wolgast, Mayor City of Topeka [JEDO Chair]

Kenya Cox, Kansas African American Affairs Commission, Office of the Governor

James Echols, Deputy Secretary Kansas Dept. of Children & Families

Rhonda Harris, Dept. of Commerce, Minority & Women Business Development

Doria Watson, Dept. of Transportation, Highway Contracts [DBE Certification]

Doug Gerber, Interim City Manager City of Topeka,

Directors of Contracts & Procurement/Purchasing, City of Topeka/ShawneeCounty

Division of Neighborhood Relations, City of Topeka [Section 3]

Sophie George, Executive Director Topeka Housing Authority [Section 3]

Matt Pivarnik, President & CEO Go Topeka & Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce

Glenda Washington, VP Entrepreneurial & Minority Business Development GoTopeka

Wendy Wells, President US Bank, Growth Organization of Topeka BoardChair

Pamela Hann, State of Kansas Regional Manager TopekaWorkforceCenter

Vince Frye, President & CEO Downtown Topeka, Inc. [Downtown Redevelopment]

Dr. Tiffany Anderson, Superintendent Shawnee County Unified School District 501

Christal Watson, President/CEO Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce



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Sent by in support of:

Ujamaa Club Business Network

Contact Anthony Phillips, Banquet Coordinator via email regarding an invoice or to answer questions.

Make Check Payable to IBSA, Inc.

USDOL/ETA Advisories – Competitive Selection of One-Stop Operators

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This Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) provides information on the requirements to designate or certify one-stop operators through a competitive process as setforth in sec. 121(d)(2)(A) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

TEGL 15-16

Kansas Juvenile Justice Update

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Jan 13, 2017

With the 2017 Kansas legislative session underway, we plan to send a weekly update on developments with juvenile justice reform efforts across the state. Our priorities include monitoring amendments that might be proposed to revise SB367, continuing outreach to legislative leaders to support the implementation of SB367, and serving as a resource for families and communities directly impacted by our juvenile justice system.

Kansas Juvenile Justice Reform Handbook

We have compiled a handbook that explains the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the reforms encompassed in SB367. The handbook can be found on the ‘Resources’ page of our website here. The handbook is intended to provide a general overview of why the reforms were necessary and how they will transition youth from detention facilities to evidence-based community programs focused on a full continuum of care.

Open Position on Kansas Advisory Group

The Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is looking to fill a position of a Former Justice Involved Youth. This position is to be filled by someone who formerly was justice involved as a youth, but is now an adult (18+). The position was created in order to bring to light some of the difficulties that juveniles undergo in the many phases of young adulthood—especially those who have fallen to crime. The time commitment is minimal, with meetings only 4 times per year, with paid travel and food. Click here to learn more about the board, and click here to learn about the application process.

In the News

Congratulations to Kathleen and David McKune for their article on the role of juvenile justice reform in our education system being published in the December 2016 newsletter of the Kansas Association of Counties. Click here to read more. Their letter highlights the vital need to develop comprehensive memorandums of understanding between school districts and law enforcement agencies to reduce youth referrals from schools and prevent instances of false confessions made by interrogations without parental representation.

Please send any news you think we should feature in the future to

Visit the Kansans United for Youth Justice website for resources on juvenile justice reform in Kansas, including our new handbook explaining SB367.

Kansas Appleseed
1611 St Andrews Dr
Lawrence KS 66047 United States

NetWork Kansas Sponsors 2016-2017 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Series

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Wichita, KSNetWork Kansas‘ Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Partnership announces the 2016-2017 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) Series.

The YEC Series consists of local-level youth entrepreneurship competitions hosted by volunteers. The goal of the competition is to expose Kansas middle school and high school students to entrepreneurship. Twenty-two local events in Kansas cities and counties will culminate in a state championship hosted at Fort Hays State University on April 24, 2017.

“The YEC is an opportunity for our students to get away from the textbook and apply real world skills to finding a way to impact our local economy with their rural business concepts. I am excited to see how this event can continue grow the entrepreneurial spirit, not only in Goodland, but also in other rural communities of Kansas,” says Chase Topliff, Business/Marketing Instructor at Goodland High School.

Local YEC Series events require students to prepare an executive summary and an elevator pitch, and often feature interactive tradeshows or formal presentations. Students compete for awards and prizes. Students’ work is judged by local entrepreneurs, public sector partners, teachers, and other community members. The first place business idea at each local YEC Series competition qualifies to compete at the state championship. Fourteen additional business ideas can earn the right to participate at the state championship through a wildcard application process.

“Students tell us every year how local entrepreneurship competitions open their eyes to new career possibilities, encourage them to be creative, and give them valuable experience presenting ideas to a panel of judges. It’s a wonderful experience that a community can give to their youth,” says Anne Dewvall, Manager of the E-Community Partnership.

The 2016-2017 YEC Series will be hosted in: Bird City, Chautauqua County, Cherokee County, Clay County, Cowley County, Ford County, Hodgeman County, Hoisington, Leavenworth County, Marion County, Norton County, Pawnee County, Phillips County, Reno County, Republic County, Riley County, Rooks County, Salina (both fall and spring events), Sherman County, Thomas County, and Wichita County.

During 2015-2016, 242 students from more than twenty Kansas communities hosted sixteen local entrepreneurship competitions as part of the YEC series. The 2016-2017 academic year marks the fourth annual YEC series coordinated by NetWork Kansas and the E-Community Partnership.

For more information, contact Anne Dewvall, Manager of E-Communities, at adewvall.

For more information about using this program in your E-Community to grow your local entrepreneurial ecosystem, please contact your NetWork Kansas E-Community regional representative or e-mail boardcertified.

For more information about NetWork Kansas or the E-Community Partnership, visit

Contact: Anne Dewvall, Manager of Entrepreneurship Communities, NetWork Kansas

Email: adewvall
NetWork Kansas, PO Box 877, Andover, KS 67002

Neighborhood Leaders Roundtable

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Happy New Year Neighborhood Leaders,

The next Neighborhood Leaders Roundtable will be held on Saturday, January 28th, 9-12 Noon at Crestview Community Center, 4901 SW Shunga Drive. A light breakfast will be provided.

Please remember to RSVP no later than Wednesday, January 25th, 2017. We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming roundtable