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Kansas Community Leadership Enterprise Initiative


Kansas Launches New Community Leadership Initiative to Help Children and Families

Kansas Governor, Sam Brownback, met with the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) staff and Robert L. Woodson, Sr., the President and Founder of The Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE) to discuss the ​a​
long project. The project is called Kansas Community Leadership Initiative (KCLI) and will work with community leaders to address concerns such as poverty, violence, and absent fathers.

Kansas’s DCF has given CNE the funds for this 12-month pilot project. The process takes place in three phases. In the first phase CNE will select 270 community leaders from 17 different communities to participate in a community assessment process. They will help identify solutions to top community issues and develop plans that help improve the community welfare by increasing community involvement. In the second and third phases CNE will provide leadership training and assistance to strengthen their ability to serve and sustain themselves at a grassroots level across the state.


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July 18, 2015 at 12:59 pm

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You have decided to start a business…

The checklist below is meant to help new business owners by providing a list of the most common startup steps. Depending on your particular industry, additional steps may be required for your business.

  • Prepare a business plan, if you have not done so already. Business plans define the Who, What, When, Where, and How of your business and the products and/or services you plan to provide. Business plans clearly outline the goals of the business, explain the operating procedures, detail the competition, include a marketing plan, and explain the company’s current and desired funding. If your company plans to seek funding either in the form of a traditional loan or from venture capitalists, a thorough business plan will be required for the application process.
  • Incorporate your business or form your LLC with the state. Forming a business as a corporation or LLC helps to protect the owners’ personal assets from the debts and liabilities of the business. There are also other advantages of forming a corporation or LLC, including certain tax advantages and establishing credibility for your new business with potential customers, vendor, employees, and partners. When forming a business, use a professional such as a lawyer or even online services provided by those who have experience creating legal entities.
  • Select an accountant and attorney. Many small business owners turn to accountants and attorneys for advice when starting out, as well as through the life of the business. Many people seek referrals from friends, family members, or other small business owners in order to find an attorney and/or accountant. You may want to search for professionals who have worked with other small business owners, possibly in your same industry, and are familiar with the unique business situations small business owners often face.
  • Obtain the federal tax identification number (also called employer identification number or EIN) for your business from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The EIN is like a social security number for a business, and is required for corporations and LLCs that will have employees. The IRS uses this number to identify your business for all taxation matters.
  • Obtain the state tax identification number for your business (if applicable). Some states require businesses to also have a state tax identification number. To learn if your state has this requirement, contact your state’s taxation department.
  • Open a business bank account. It is very important for corporations and LLCs to keep the finances of the business separate from those of the owners. To open a business bank account, most banks require information on the company, such as its formation date and type of business, and names and addresses of its owners. Some banks require corporations to provide a resolution from the board of directors or LLC members/managers authorizing the opening of the business bank account. In New York, a corporate or LLC seal is often required. It is advisable to contact the bank about their business bank account requirements prior to trying to open an account. That way, you will come prepared with all the necessary items.
  • Apply for business loans (if applicable). Not all small business owners have enough of their own capital to start a business, and many seek outside funding from sources such as banks, through a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs, or from some other source of business capital financed by public and/or private funds.
  • Obtain the necessary business licenses and/or permits. Most businesses need licenses in order to begin operations. Licenses may be required for your city, your municipality, your county and/or your state. It is best to contact both your Secretary of State to check on business license requirements for your particular type of business and industry, and also to contact your local government agency in charge of licensing to learn their requirements and how to obtain the necessary licenses.
  • Obtain business insurance. Just as you have personal insurance you should obtain insurance for your business. Some industries may have specific insurance requirements. Discuss your particular industry and business needs with your insurance agent, to ensure you obtain the appropriate type and amount of insurance.
  • Investigate other insurance and government requirements. Businesses face a number government and insurance requirements, particularly if the business has employees. You should investigate your business’s obligations for the following:

Unemployment insurance
Workers’ compensation
OSHA requirements
Federal tax
State and local tax
Self-employment tax
Payroll tax requirements (such as FICA, federal unemployment tax, and state unemployment tax)
Sales and use tax

  • Check zoning requirements. This is particularly important if you are starting a home-based business. You’ll want to ensure you are meeting your city’s zoning requirements for your area.
  • Lease office space. If you are not going to be operating a home-based business, you’ll probably need to find office space for your new company. Along with leasing an office, don’t forget to purchase or lease the furniture and office equipment you will need to get your business up and running.
  • Set up your business accounting. You may decide that your accountant will handle the accounting for your business, or you may want to handle the accounting yourself with a small business accounting solution. Either way, you’ll want to ensure that you are prepared to properly account for all business disbursements, payments received, invoices, accounts receivable/accounts payable, etc.
  • Establish a line of credit for your business. Establishing a line of credit will help lessen the number of times your new business will be required to prepay for the products and services it purchases. It also helps establish a favorable credit history, which is helpful as your business begins establishing vendor and supplier relationships. As a subset of this, obtaining a D&B D.U.N.S. number for your business is also advisable. D&B (formerly Dun & Bradstreet) is the resource most often used to check the creditworthiness of a business.
  • Create business materials. Having materials such as a logo for your business, business cards, and stationery will help your business develop an identity and potential customers find you.
  • Develop a marketing plan for your products/services. A primary reason you are starting your own business may be the hope of making money. In order to make sales, people need to be aware of what you’re selling and how to find you.

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July 8, 2015 at 2:36 pm

Support the 8th Annual National Suit Drive (Topeka Area)

It’s that time of the year…

Once again, Topeka-based IBSA, Inc. has partnered with Men’s Wearhouse for
their 8th Annual National Suit Drive. The National Suit Drive benefits
at-risk men transitioning into the workforce which provides suits, ties,
dress shirts and slacks. When you donate your gently used professional
attire you give a man the chance to transform his life. Your donation also
allows the donor to receive 50% their next purchase at the local Men’s

To donate, drop any attire off at the local Men’s Wearhouse in Topeka,
located at 1920 SW Wanamaker June 22 – July 31, and for more information
call TMW at 785-272-6280

Learn more at www.nationalsuitdrive.com

Talk About Topeka Video

Help Others Find Their Strong Suit (video)

About IBSA,
IBSA, Inc., is a nonprofit tax-exempt organizations located in downtown
Topeka, KS. Since 1993, the agency have provided employment & training
programs, services and assistance to low-income youth and adults that
include job search assistance, job development, community worksite
positions to help close employment gaps & build references, business
support services, community service opportunities for first-time juvenile
offenders and year-round youth enterprise program activities for youth age
14-17. Other support services include free local voice-messaging numbers
provided by Google for those without reliable phone service to use on
applications and resumes, low-cost affordable computer systems and
assistance with the expungement of felony & misdemeanor records.cleardot.gif

629 SE Quincy
Topeka, KS 66603
(913) 735-4272


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July 6, 2015 at 7:04 pm

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I met this great man while volunteering at Million Man March Headquarters in Washington, DC

Originally posted on Black Men In America:

By Harold Bell

Legendary vocalist Frank Sinatra’s classic rendition of “My Way” best describes the life and times of D. C. businessman Ed Murphy.

Murph was born in Raleigh, North Carolina but grew up in Washington. D.C.  He attended Shaw Middle School and graduated from Cardozo High School.

After graduation he enlisted in the United States Army where he received an honorable discharge in 1950.  Murph returned to his DC hometown to embark on his life-long dream of establishing a business in the heart of the inner city.

He was known on the streets as “Eight Ball” because of his love for the game of Billiards (pool).

Murph was the black community’s Donald Trump without the pedigree, bankroll, education and business background.  Trump’s father was a New York real-estate developer and Trump was educated at the famed Wharton School of Business.

Murph had a Ph.D. earned the hard way, on…

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May 23, 2015 at 5:32 pm

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Summer Youth Tech/Entrepreneur Camp – Topeka

We are preparing to again host some of the most enterprising and motivated youth in the city.

Once again, Streets University will offer an 8-week program where students will be introduced to web development using WordPress and entrepreneurship through salesmanship. Students will meet twice a week for 2 1/2 hours per group session and will have access to locations providing wireless internet access to complete assignments and special projects. Projects include building or re-designing WordPress websites, preparing and initiatiing a social media marketing campaign and/or producing a short video promotional to share on YouTube and across other social media networks for a small business or nonprofit organization.

Students that complete all assignments & projects, along with having a satisfactory attendance record will receive their own Chromebook. Activities include guest speakers, field trips, and an advisor or mentor to help with assignments and to refer prospective leads to youth participants as they pursue reaching their individual program sponsor goal.

How can you support the summer camp and youth involved?

1) Pledge to sponsor a student for the year

2) Join us as a youth advisor

3) Donate in-kind items useful to our students or the program

4) Get your company to donate/contribute to the program through their corporate giving or foundation.

5) Signup to be a guest speaker

6) Signup your business or agency to serve as a field trip location

For more information on IBSA, Streets University or our Summer Camps & Workshops we facilitate contact us vie email at admin@ibsa-inc.org


IBSA, Inc. is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization formed in 1993 under the state laws of Kansas. Donations and contributions are fully tax-deductible as allowable by law.

Donate Here:

FEIN: 48-1137236

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May 4, 2015 at 8:31 am

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OFA PeerTA Spotlight: Summer Youth Employment

The Federal Government continues its commitment to promoting summer youth employment opportunities for at-risk youth. In 2015, the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Family Assistance issued a “Dear Colleague” letter to their TANF program stakeholders. The letter highlights a Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) issued on March 26, 2015 by the Employment and Training Administration at the Department of Labor (DOL). The TEGL explains the broad vision for the youth services included in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Additionally, it references another letter jointly issued by DOL, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in April 2014 that encouraged youth providers and Public Housing Agencies to develop summer programs for at-risk and low-income youth.

In 2014, the Departments of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Labor (DOL), and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a letter encouraging partnerships among the network of state and local youth service and workforce development providers, human service agencies, and public housing agencies to develop summer jobs programs for needy and at-risk youth that provide employment, educational experiences, and essential skills such as financial literacy and time management. Summer employment provides teens and young adults with critical skills and experience that lay the foundation for their future employment. As agencies contemplate operating a summer youth employment program for 2015, the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) PeerTA Network has compiled the following resources from OFA webinars and products to assist in our users’ preparation.

Selected Resources on Summer Youth Employment

Webinar: Investing in Youth and the Community: Summer Youth Employment Programs, May 2014

On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, the OFA PeerTA Network, along with partners from the U.S. Departments of Labor and Housing and Urban Development, hosted the “Investing in Youth and the Community: Summer Youth Employment Programs” webinar. This webinar explored emerging initiatives, partnerships, and strategies for implementing summer youth employment programs. The webinar highlighted federal, state, private, and public services available to engage youth in summer employment, while also providing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)-serving organizations and other stakeholders with the opportunity to learn how to engage various partners in supporting summer youth employment activities. Presenters included representatives from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Brandeis University’s Center for Youth and Communities, and the Denver Public Housing Authority’s Youth Employment Academy.

In follow-up to this presentation, OFA created a series of Summer Youth Employment Program Profiles – providing more in-depth information on the background, program model, lessons learned, outcomes, and successes for a number of programs engaging youth in summer employment. These profiles highlight the activities of the City of Richmond, Department of Employment and Training’s YouthWORKS Division; the City of Buffalo, Buffalo Employment and Training Center; and the Denver Housing Authority’s Youth Employment Academy.

Webinar: Leveraging Private/Public Partnerships and Funding to Improve Summer Youth Employment Opportunities, December 2012

The Office of Family Assistance hosted the “Leveraging Private/Public Partnerships and Funding to Improve Summer Youth Employment Opportunities” webinar on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. This webinar provided background information on funding strategies for summer youth employment activities and discussed methods for leveraging both public and private funding streams. The webinar featured presenters from the LA Conservation Corps, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, ABCD Inc., and the Philadelphia Youth Network. The presenters encouraged those implementing summer youth employment programs to collaborate with TANF agencies, the business community, community action agencies and other Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)-funded programs, workforce investment programs, and private foundations, in an effort to better serve youth, reach TANF participants, and engage key stakeholders.

The Office of Family Assistance hosted a webinar entitled “The ABC’s of Creating Summer Youth Programs and Partnerships” on October 17, 2012. The webinar featured presenters from Mathematica Policy Research, the Southeast Tennessee Development District-Local Workforce Investment Area Five, the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services, and Corporate Voices for Working Families. The presenters provided an overview of strategies for developing summer youth employment programs that can work in various contexts with different types of employers. Also discussed were the strategic partnerships, funding streams, and recruitment and placement strategies that can be utilized to increase summer youth employment opportunities.

ACF/OFA Region IV and DOL-ETA Region III TANF and WIA: Strengthening Pathways to Employment Meeting, July 2012

In response to the technical assistance and program needs of states throughout the southeast, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Region IV, and the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Region IIII, hosted a technical assistance meeting from July 24 – 26, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. This meeting allowed member states to work alongside their peers to outline specific challenges faced by TANF and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) agencies and the families they serve and posit plausible peer-based solutions for moving low-income and working families toward economic self-sufficiency. State TANF and WIA directors and program staff also discussed ways to promote interagency collaboration. Topics included: engaging veterans and military families in the TANF and WIA systems; leveraging partnerships to strengthen subsidized employment and transitional job initiatives; developing demand-driven career pathways for low-income individuals and TANF participants; maximizing WIA youth and TANF funds to support summer youth employment initiatives; and improving skill-building for low-income individuals and TANF participants with barriers to employment.

Webinar: Region X Tribal TANF – Summer Youth Employment, May 2012

On May 16, 2012, the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Region X hosted a webinar on how Tribal TANF programs can use Federal TANF and State maintenance-of-effort (MOE) funds for the creation and expansion of subsidized summer youth employment programs. The webinar provided information on how Tribes have operated summer youth employment programs within a Tribal TANF System, strategies for leveraging funds for subsidized youth employment programs through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), and presented promising practices of Tribal TANF agencies that currently operate summer youth employment programs. The webinar was facilitated by Judy Ogliore and Karen “Jack” Granberg from Region X and included presentations from Tammy Kieffer, the 477 Youth Employment Coordinator for the Spokane Tribe in Washington State; Lu Ann Warrington, the Assistance Director of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin; and Arlene Templer, the Director of the Department of Human Resource Development for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana.

The Summer Employment Experiences and the Personal/Social Behaviors of Youth Violence Prevention Employment Program Participants and Those of a Comparison Group, 2013

This report from the Center for Labor Market Studies highlights the efforts of the Youth Violence Prevention Funder Learning Collaborative, which funded youth employment opportunities in low-income neighborhoods in Boston from 2010 – 2012. The report evaluates the employment program’s impacts and effects on employment experiences, personal and social behaviors, and exposure to violence. The program was shown to have positive impacts on program participants.

Employment and Unemployment Among Youth in the Summer of 2014, August 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics released an economic news release on the summer youth labor force for the summer of 2014. From April to July 2014, the number of employed youth 16 to 24 years old increased by 2.1 million to 20.1 million. The share of young people employed in July was 51.9 percent. Unemployment among youth rose by 913,000 from April to July 2014, compared with an increase of 692,000 during the same months in 2013.

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May 3, 2015 at 6:49 pm

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Grant Opportunity: Youth Opportunity Fund

This week the Citi Foundation and America’s Promise Alliance launched the Youth Opportunity Fund, a new component of the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative. This $3 million grant fund seeks to support innovative programs that prepare low-income youth, ages 16 to 24, for lifelong success.

Given your organization’s commitment to youth economic opportunity, we invite you to submit an idea for consideration or help us spread the word to your networks.

The Youth Opportunity Fund will award one-year grants up to $250,000 to nonprofits in 10 major U.S. cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York City, St. Louis, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

We’re investing in nonprofits that partner with municipal governments, leverage technology, collaborate across key sectors, and serve as models for replication and scalability.

The Youth Opportunity Fund builds on the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative – a three-year $50 million commitment to give 100,000 low-income youth in the United States the opportunity to develop the workplace skills and leadership experience necessary to compete in a 21st century economy.

For more information about the Youth Opportunity Fund and to submit your program idea please visit the America’s Promise website
.  The deadline for submissions is May 22, 2015.

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April 24, 2015 at 10:48 am

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