Special Offer: Tradebank Business Online Marketing & Advertising

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Our Premium Business Listing & Marketing Package Include:

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* Likes, Share & ReTweets of social content you create & share

* Tradebank Logo & Links to other business groups or associations

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* Increased Search Engine Rank on Google (Top-20)

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US Small Business Directory is an online directory built on the WordPress platform and is operated & managed by IBSA, Inc., a nonprofit organization & Tradebank Media Associate. Profiles for businesses are often created & promoted across social networks by students learning web development and other tech skills of value to small businesses & nonprofits



Tradebank Listing Special Adv 2017.pdf

RFP for Reinvestment Grant and Regional Collaboration Grant – FY18

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The KDOC is pleased to release the FY18 RFP for the Reinvestment Grants and the Regional Collaboration Grants. These funds are available through the Evidence-Based Programs Fund, established by the Kansas Legislature through the Juvenile Justice Reform Bill, to provide for reinvestment in community programs and practices.

The Reinvestment Grants are available to Boards of County Commissioners in each judicial district to implement evidence-based programs and practices for juvenile offenders and families. The Regional Collaboration Grants are competitive grant opportunities to support regional and inter-branch collaboration among Boards of County Commissioners to deliver services that, absent this approach, may be difficult to deliver efficiently and effectively.

Three documents are attached:

  1. The Grant RFP, which will provide details on the scope of the grants and instructions for application;
  2. Regional Collaboration Grant Budget Application; and
  3. Reinvestment Grant Budget Application

These documents will also be posted on the KDOC public website within the next few days: https://www.doc.ks.gov/juvenile-services/grants.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding the RFP.

We look forward to seeing the innovative, thoughtful, and evidence-based proposals developed to continue improving on positive outcomes for juvenile offenders and their families.

Megan Milner, MS, CPM

Director of Community Based Services

Kansas Department of Corrections – Juvenile Services

714 SW Jackson, Suite 300

Topeka, KS 66603

Office: (785) 368-7400

Reinvestment Grants RFP_FINAL.PDF
Appendix B_FY18 Regional Collaboration Grant Budget Application.xlsx
Appendix B_FY18 Reinvestment Grant Budget Application.xlsx

Topeka Selected for $300,000 EPA Brownfields Grant to Revitalize Riverfront Area

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Topeka, Kan., Selected for $300,000 EPA Brownfields Grant to Revitalize Riverfront Area, Leverage Jobs, Promote Economic Redevelopment

Environmental News
(Lenexa, Kan., May 31, 2017) – Today, the city of Topeka, Kan., was selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to receive $300,000 for brownfield site revitalization efforts. The funding will support brownfield site assessments near the Kansas River, as an initial step toward redeveloping vacant and unused properties, transforming them to productive reuse that will benefit the community and the local economy.

“EPA is committed to working with communities to redevelop Brownfields sites which have plagued their neighborhoods. EPA’s Assessment and Cleanup grants target communities that are economically disadvantaged and include places where environmental cleanup and new jobs are most needed," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "These grants leverage considerable infrastructure and other investments, improving local economies and creating an environment where jobs can grow. I am very pleased the President’s budget recognizes the importance of these grants by providing continued funding for this important program.”

Topeka is one of 172 communities across the country selected to receive a portion of approximately $56.8 million in Assessment and Cleanup Grant funds to work on sites within their community. Approximately $17.5 million of the assessment and cleanup funding announced will benefit small and rural communities with populations less than 10,000. Approximately $25 million will go to communities who are receiving assessment and cleanup funding for the first time. These funds will provide communities with resources necessary to determine the extent of site contamination, remove environmental uncertainties, and clean up contaminated properties where needed.

Addressing and cleaning up brownfield sites across the nation will ultimately boost local economies and leverage redevelopment jobs, while protecting public health and the environment. Brownfield sites are community assets because of their locations and associated infrastructure advantages. Studies have shown that residential property values near brownfield sites that are cleaned up increased between 5 and 15.2 percent.

There are an estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites in America. As of May 2017, more than 124,759 jobs and $24 billion of public and private funding has been leveraged as a result of assessment grants and other EPA Brownfields grants. On average, $16.11 was leveraged for each EPA Brownfields dollar and 8.5 jobs leveraged per $100,000 of EPA Brownfields funds expended on assessment, cleanup, and revolving loan fund cooperative agreements.

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More on EPA’s Brownfields program: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields
More on City of Topeka’s Planning Department: https://www.topeka.org/
More on successful Brownfields stories: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-success-stories
Connect with EPA Region 7 on Facebook: www.facebook.com/eparegion7
Follow us on Twitter: @EPARegion7

Environmental Protection Agency, 11201 Renner Blvd., Lenexa, KS 66219 United States

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7
Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Nine Tribal Nations​

Contact Information:

  • National – Christie St. Clair, stclair.christie
  • Region 7 – Ashley Murdie, murdie.ashley

State of Kansas STAR Employee Discount Program: New Offers!

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Click on the hyperlinked business names for more information on each offer listed below.


Ferris Commercial Mowers (Briggs & Stratton Corporation): 17% off MSRP of Ferris Commercial Mowers for State of Kansas employees. Must show State ID in order to receive discount. Ferris provides landscaping equipment that helps you work faster, while accomplishing more with greater ease. We do this through our industry-leading innovation, uncompromising performance and quality. All Ferris commercial mowers are distinguished through innovative features and high quality standards in performance, durability and ergonomic design. Featuring Briggs & Stratton engines. Visit us online at ferrismowers.com.

Snapper Pro Commercial Mowers (Briggs & Stratton Corporation): 17% off MSRP of SnapperPRO genuine professional landscaping equipment for State of Kansas employees. Must show State ID in order to receive discount. Snapper Pro commercial mowers are where innovation meets common sense practicality to keep you mowing season after season. Featuring Briggs & Stratton engines. Visit us online at SnapperPRO.com.

Greater Kansas City:

1-2 Another, LLC: 15% off any regularly priced item. Furniture, Home Decor, Estate Jewelry, Pictures, Antiques. Excludes any item that has been previously reduced in price.

Cridder Ridder: Cridder Ridder offers a 10% discount to Kansas Government employees that need animal removal or wildlife control services in the Kansas City metro. At Cridder Ridder we provide bat removal, bird removal, mole removal, snake removal, squirrel removal and more. Visit http://www.cridderridder.com/ for more information, including a full list of our wildlife removal services. Must be able to provide identification as a Kansas Government Employee to receive 10% discount.

Custom Lawn & Landscape Inc: We offer a 10% discount for State of Kansas employees on our lawn care services. Mention this offer when contacting us to receive the discount. Visit our website at https://www.customlawn.com/ to learn more about lawn care services in Olathe, Overland Park, and the surrounding areas. Our lawn care services include weed control, grub & insect control, aeration, verticutting, seeding, and mosquito/outdoor pest control programs.

Fusion Electric: Fusion Electric offers a 10% discount on electrical repairs to State of Kansas Government employees. We offer electrical repairs and installations, safety inspections, and service panel upgrades and repairs. For information about our electrical repair services, visit our website at https://www.fusionkc.com/. To receive this discount, please mention this offer when contacting us by phone or on our contact form on our website.

GeoInspections: At GeoInspections, we offer 10% discounts on all home inspections, radon testing, foundation inspections, and mold inspections to homeowners in the Kansas City metro. More info at http://geoinspections.com/. Please mention 10% discount at time of inquiry.

Heritage Lawns & Irrigation: We offer a 5% discount on all Eco-Pride lawn care programs to Kansas Government employees. Please mention discount upon inquiring by phone or contact form to receive discount. Must enroll in full program with either prepay or autopay. Visit us at http://heritagelawnskc.com for more information. We provide environmentally friendly lawn fertilization programs as well as lawn sprinkler system maintenance, repair and management.

Jeremy Electrical, Heating & Cooling: We offer a 10% discount to State of Kansas Government employees on all of our services (Air Conditioning Services, Heater Services, Electrical Services, and Furnace Services). Find more info on our local service offerings at https://www.jeremykc.com/.

LTs Reflective Technology: LTs Reflective Technology is offering 10% discount on all products and services to Kansas Government employees. We provide Curb Numbers, Reflective Signs, Custom Wood Plaques, Reflective License Plates, Personalized Rocks and more! Mention 10% off at the time of inquiry or ordering. More information on products and services at http://ltsreflectivetechnology.com/.

Lure Creative: 10% off Web Design & Development. Mention discount at the time of inquiry. You must be able to prove Kansas Government Employee status. More information is available at https://www.lurecreative.com/ today. Lure Creative is an inbound marketing agency and website design company located in Overland Park – Kansas City area. We are a Certified HubSpot Gold Partner and Google Certified Agency. We design websites for HVAC, Electricians, Plumbers, Lawn Care, Software, Medical, Healthcare, Manufacturers, Contractors and more. See https://www.lurecreative.com/ for more info.

Name By Design: We offer a 10% discount on all products to Kansas Government employees. Please reference discount code Star10 online or by phone upon inquiry to receive your discount. More information on our services can be found at https://namebydesign.com/. Our products include custom name signs, baby décor, personalized baby gifts and baby name signs.

Sam’s Club KC Legends: Sam’s Plus and Savings Members will receive a $10 gift card and an Instant Savings Package of over $100 in savings when they open a new or renew their existing membership.*

Savings Package includes: Free Rotisserie Chicken ($4.98 value), Free 36 count Dinner Rolls ($5.98 value), Free 12 count Sandwich Croissants ($6.98 value), and great savings on other products. Sam’s Business Members will receive a $10 gift card and an Instant Savings Package of over $200 in savings when they open a new or renew their existing membership. Savings Package includes: Free 9 count Muffins ($5.97 value), Free 18 count Chocolate Chip Cookies ($5.98 value) & great savings on other products. Note: Offer ends 7/31/17, OFFER IS NOT AVAILABLE IN CLUB & may change at Sam’s Club discretion. See add for details.

SEO Services KC: We are offering State of Kansas employees $50 off Website or Blog Optimization & Full Backlink Auditing. Mention offer at time of inquiry or SEO services are bid. Discount is available throughout the end of 2018. More info at https://seo-kansas-city.com/. SEO Services KC offers On-Site Website Optimization, Local SEO Services, and Site Backlink Auditing.

UBM Advanced Floor Care Systems: UBM Advanced Floor Care Systems offers a 10% discount to Kansas Government employees that need floor cleaning services in the Kansas City metro. At UBM Advanced Floor Care Systems we provide floor cleaning, commercial floor care, tile cleaning, and grout cleaning in the Kansas City metro. Visit us at http://advancedfloorcaresystems.com for more info. Must be able to provide identification as a Kansas Government Employee to receive 10% discount.

Vintage Turntable & Stereo: We offer 10% discount on stereo repair, turntable repair, amp repair, TV repair and speaker repair services to State of Kansas Government employees. Find more info at http://vintageturntableandstereo.com/.

Lawrence / Topeka:

Fitness, The Shop: Topeka’s Garage Gym: 20% off 3 month and free week intro. We offer Functional Fitness, Group Fitness Classes, Yoga, and Cross-training. The training at The Shop is likely very different from anything you have ever done. While we have CrossFit L1 and USAW certified instructors, we are not an affiliate of Crossfit or USAW and training here is not like other CrossFit gyms in the area. In our group classes we do NOT work sport specific training for the most part, but rather focus on general physical preparedness for all of our members. We have found through trials that our workouts, if done correctly, will not only increase your strength and respiratory max, but will also increase your aerobic capacity without having to focus on aerobic activity several times per week.

Frieden Motors, LLC: $200.00 Off to State of Kansas Employees on their purchase. Must Show Valid State ID Card. At Frieden Motors we specialize in cars under $12,000. We also take trade ins and if you need financing we can do that as well. We are a home town dealership selling cars, trucks, and SUVs at fair prices.

Jayhawk Nail: We offer a 10% discount on all manicure and pedicure services for State of Kansas Government employees. Must have employment identification, mention at time of setting appointment to receive discount. Manicures, Spa Pedicures, Acrylic Nails, Gel Polish Nails and more! See http://jayhawknail.com/ for a list of our services.


Define, LLC: We are a fitness facility with cardio and weight equipment. $10 off per membership.


316 Hotel: Our hotel offers complimentary drinks in the evening, complimentary breakfast in the morning, complimentary high speed wifi, plenty of complimentary parking. Not only do we offer a Government Rate, but we are looking into establishing Negotiate Rates for frequent travelers.

Additional Information: The STAR program offers discounts to many businesses, including Computervendors,such as Apple and Dell and Cellular Phone vendors, such as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. There are many other offers listed on the STAR website: http://oitsapps.ks.gov/da/ops/star/. Please review the specifics and the restrictions for these offers at the STAR website. Be sure to compare the STAR discount to other non-STAR discounts to ensure you are getting the best discount.

Personnel Directors: Consider forwarding this e-mail to your employees as we’d like you to remind them there are many discounts available to State of Kansas employees through the STAR program (http://oitsapps.ks.gov/da/ops/star/). If there is an attachment to this e-mail, be sure to include the attachment(s) when you forward this e-mail.

Subscribers outside of the Northeast Kansas area: We need your help! Most of the recent STAR vendors are from the Northeast Kansas area. If you are receiving this e-mail and live or work in another region of the State, please visit with your local retailers and encourage them to apply as we’d like to see more vendors in other areas of the State.

Know Someone Who Wants to Subscribe?: Subscribe here: http://www.da.ks.gov/star/signup.asp.

STAR Program, Office of Personnel Services

Kansas Department of Administration

900 SW Jackson, Room 401-N | Topeka, KS 66612


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Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund Grant Application Announcement

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Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund Grant Application Announcement
On behalf of the Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation announces the launch of its 2017 Grant Application.

The Digital Inclusion Fund will support local projects that provide computer access; make it easy to get online; help make the Internet relevant, exciting, and beneficial for new users; and increase people’s digital skills.

The Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund is proud to receive support from key partners such as Google Fiber, Sprint Foundation, The Illig Family Foundation, Polsinelli, Global Prairie, JE Dunn, and the Kauffman Foundation.

You will find the grant guidelines and application link here.

The deadline for submission is Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 5 p.m. CDT. Notifications will be sent in early December 2017. Click here to begin the application.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Matthew Fuller

Program Officer, Grantmaking Services

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation | Greater Horizons

1055 Broadway Blvd., Suite 130 | Kansas City, MO 64105

P: 816.627.3420 | www.growyourgiving.org

This message comes to you via the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation on behalf of the members of the Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund.


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The Kansas City Regional Office of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting a *Preproposal Conference – Wednesday – July 12, 2017 – in Fredericktown, MO*. The referenced solicitation is for remediation of lead contaminated soils within the Madison County Superfund Site, OU3, in southeast Missouri. The assigned solicitation number is SOL-R7-17-00010. All potential primes – and all potential subcontractors – are encouraged to attend this important event!

This contract opportunity has been issued as a *Small Business Set-Aside Competition* with funds from the EPA Superfund Program. The solicitation opened on June 30, 2017 and closes on July 31, 2017 at 1430 CS.

EPA is seeking the services of an experienced firm to provide Remedial Action (RA) services for Residential Properties impacted by human transport of mine waste resulting from nearly 2 1/2 centuries of mining in the Old Lead Belt area located in Madison County and southern St. Francois County in southeast MO. The work to be performed under this contract consists of excavation, consolidation, disposal, and re-vegetation of mining wastes and contaminated soils at portions of the Site. The contractor shall be required to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Remediation will be conducted pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERECLA) as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Action (SARA), and National Contingency Plan (NCP) requirements.

CONTRACT & BONDING: EPA expects to award an indefinite quantity with fixed unit prices contract consisting of a one-year base period and two one-year option periods, totaling a potential three-year period. The total estimated dollar value range is *$10million to $20 million*. The performance and payment bonding requirements will be *20%* of the award amount for the base contract period – and then *separately* for each of the respective optional contract periods.

FINDING THE SOLICITATION: You can easily find the solicitation and all amendments referenced at www.fbo.gov, or located at www.fedconnect.net. On FBO, search by the solicitation number given above. On FedConnect, which will have the actual solicitation, search Public Opportunities with the solicitation number under “Reference Number”.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS: Under L-17 EPA-L-15-104: (a) Electronic submission of proposals, bids, offers or quotes is required and shall only be accepted through the FedConnect web portal. FedConnect can be accessed at support. There is no charge for registration in or use of FedConnect. (b) All vendors must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), as this facilitates vendor credentials validation for FedConnect. Registration may be completed and information regarding the registration process may be obtained at http://www.sam.gov. There is no charge for registration in SAM.

*** If your firm is a Small Business under NAICS 562910 Environmental Remediation, you’re invited to explore being an EPA prime contractor on this unique opportunity. You’ll potentially find a variety of firms attending that are interested in being one of your subs.

*** If your firm is interested in exploring subcontracting opportunities, you’re invited to come meet and exchange information with a variety of firms considering bidding as primes on this contract.

Either way, YOUR attending this Conference should be extremely valuable! Information on this opportunity is also available through the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, the Small Business Administration and various business development organizations. Again, all potential small business primes – and all potential subcontractors – are being encouraged to attend!


Black River Electric Cooperative

2600 Highway 67

Fredericktown, MO 63645

*** Offerors planning to attend the Conference must provide written notification to the Contracting Officer Scott Dandy, dandy.scott, and Contract Specialist Arlo Hurst, hurst.arlo, at least 2 days prior to the conference date.

TECHNICAL QUESTIONS: Per Section L-16 Local Clauses EPA-L15-102: Offerors must submit all technical questions concerning this solicitation electronically through FedConnect. In order to submit questions, offerors must register in FedConnect at support. Only those technical questions posted through FedConnect will be accepted. EPA must receive technical questions no later than fifteen (15) calendar days after the issuance date of this solicitation. EPA will utilize FedConnect to issue amendments to the solicitation (e.g., to answer technical questions which may affect proposal submittal). EPA will not reference the source of the questions.


1. You’ll be able to obtain potentially valuable information towards preparing your submission.

2. You’ll be able to meet various prospective primes and subs. So, bring your business cards!!

We’re conducting this Conference to help Your company learn about this contract opportunity. So, send us Your questions!

Again, please let us know you’re coming.

We hope to See You – Wednesday – July 12th!

Chester Stovall

Regional Coordinator, Small Business Programs
US Environmental Protection Agency – Region 7
11201 Renner Blvd, Lenexa, KS 66219
Phone: 913-551-7549
Fax: 913-551-9549

2017 Black Business Banquet: Statistic Information Shared

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For those who attended the 2017 Black Business Banquet held in Topeka KS on June 15th, we have attached the statistical data & information shared by our Keynote Speaker, Dell Gines, Sr Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank – Kansas City.

Since information is only as good as the speed in which it is acted on, how one use information is key to any potential success or to make substantive progress. At IBSA we collect, compile and disseminate data, facts and researched information in order for others to make sound decisions and to take decisive action.

We thank all in attendance; especially out of town guests, our Mayor & city staff, Christal Watson, Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce Regional President/CEO, the Banquet Catering & Setup Services provided by Ms Erma Forbes with E.A. Services, EMCEE Yasmari Rodriguez and of course, the exquisite table center-pieces by Janel Bills.

This years banquet would not have been a success without the generous support of our 2017 Banquet Sponsors:

Go Topeka


State of Kansas
Office of Minority & Women Business Development

Thank you…

Lazone Grays, Jr

IBSA, Inc.
629 SE Quincy
Topeka, KS 66603

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The Topeka Capital-Journal

African-Americans face such challenges as a disproportionate unemployment rate and disproportionate amount of city procurement contracts going to non-black businesses, said Lazone Grays, president and CEO of IBSA.


The Community Voice:


Over the next decade, IBSA will be working with other organizations and enterprising youth & young adults to add over 2M Black-Owned businesses registered in the United States to our Ujamaa Club Online Business Directory.

"Black owned businesses in the United States increased 34.5% between 2007 and 2012 totaling 2.6 million Black firms. More than 95% of these businesses are mostly sole proprietorship or partnerships which have no paid employees.

Having such a large base to work with, it is our objective to reduce youth unemployment through ‘techpreneurship‘ while providing them valuable tech skills, enterprise development activities and an opportunity to be part of the their community through digital stewardship.


6.15.17 A New Juneteenth – Topeka (Data Only).pptx