Growing Kansas Invitation; August 14 @ 1PM at the Kansas Leadership Center, Wichita, KS

Good afternoon, I’d like to highlight a public forum scheduled next week on the state of minority-owned businesses in Kansas and the economic opportunities associated with business growth relative to our changing demographics. As you may know, one in five Kansans is a traditional minority, however only seven percent of the businesses in Kansas are minority owned. A U.S. Department of Commerce study suggests parity in those numbers would add 70,000 jobs or more to the Kansas economy.

So, the Kansas Leadership Center is hosting a dialogue with Kansas economists and the SBA around this topic, and I encourage you to be part of the conversation.

Please join us on Wednesday, August 13, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Kansas Leadership Center. An invitation to this conversation is attached, and feel free to send this to others in your organization.

If you have questions or want to learn more about this effort, please contact Keshia Ezerendu at 316-712-4961.

Thank you,

Wayne E. Bell

District Director

Wichita District Office

U.S. Small Business Administration

220 W. Douglas, Suite 450

Wichita, KS 67202

(316) 269-6566, Ext 200


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“We seldom stop to think how many people’s lives are entwined with our own. It is a form of selfishness to imagine that every individual can operate on his own or can pull out of the general stream and not be missed.” — Ivy Baker Priest, former U.S. Treasurer (1905-1975).

Growing Kansas Invitation.pdf