Entrepreneurship Opportunities


Start Up Central Kansas Entrepreneurship Series (Ice House)

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Next Series in Pawnee County: March 20 - May 8, 2019 (Wednesdays) 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Start Up Central Kansas is an 8-week certificate program based on the Kansas  Ice House Entrepreneurship Program that develops an entrepreneurial mindset and skills like critical thinking, communication, problem solving and other key  assets crucial for success in business and life. The program combines classroom presentations with video interviews and case studies featuring modern day  examples of entrepreneurs who have triumphed over adversity by embracing  an entrepreneurial mindset. Each lesson includes discussion topics and  assignments that encourage real-world application of the concepts. 

The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program was created by the Kauffman Foundation as a powerful learning program designed to educate and engage participants, leading them to develop the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset. The curriculum is inspired by the life story of Pulitzer nominee, Clifton Taulbert, and taught by accredited facilitators in a lively classroom environment. Online lessons and homework complement the in-person sessions. This popular course has been taught in 15 times in 12 E-Communities and is partially underwritten by NetWork Kansas on a competitive basis. More than 175 participants have benefited from the program including accountants, startups, bankers, restaurants, microbreweries, students, chiropractors, pharmacists, consultants, manufactures and many others.

Program Benefits:

If you're interested in our upcoming Start Up Central Kansas Entrepreneurship Series, contact afilbert@gbta.net or call the Chamber Office at 620-285-6916. To Register: http://ow.ly/8XrK30nQejp




  • Develop an empowering entrepreneurial mindset that looks for ways to turn obstacles into opportunities.

  • Grow alongside like-minded entrepreneurial peers in an inspiring, interactive learning environment

  • Learn from success stories of multiple entrepreneurs - both in the curriculum and guest speakers from our community

  • A combination of classroom learning and homework assignments reinforce entrepreneurial growth

  • Curriculum based on the real-life experience of entrepreneur, Clifton Taulbert

Class Schedule:

  • Week 1: Welcome & Overview

  • Week 2: Introduction

  • Week 3: Recognize Opportunities

  • Week 4: Ideas in Action

  • Week 5: Pursuit of Knowledge and Building your Brand

  • Week 6: Creating Community

  • Week 7: The Power of Persistance

  • Week 8: Final Presentations

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Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Pawnee County Economic Development has partnered with Edwards, Hodgeman, Stafford and Ness County in the 4th Annual Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in 2019! All 7th - 12th Grade students and young entrepreneurs in Pawnee County are invited and encouraged to participate! Do you know of a student with a business or product idea? We want to hear those ideas at the 4th Annual Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge held on February 6th in Larned.

At CKYEC, students from the five area counties will be judged on their business idea, executive summary, and a 4-minute formal presentation with slides with three students winning a total of $1,750 in cash prizes!

If you know of any students interested in competing, please have them contact our office at 620-285-6916 or larnedcofc@gbta.net, or your local county Economic Development before our sign up deadline on January 2019!

Additional Competition Information

  • 4th Annual Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

  • Auditorium, Larned Community Center, 1500 Toles Ave., Larned, KS 67550

  • Contest Begins at 9 AM - Complimentary Lunch Served

How to Register for CKYEC:

To Sign-up go to the  YEC Event Portal and click on Student, then click on Sign-up as an EntrepreneurDeadline to Sign-up is January 18, 2019

To officially Register, Log-in to the YEC Event Portal and go to Registrations. Select the Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge 2019. You are not officially entered until your Executive Summary has been uploaded into the portal. Deadline to Register is Tuesday, January 22nd by 5:00 pm.

Additional Information and helpful tutorials can be found under the Resources Tab/Education on Event Portal.  You can access it as soon as you create a Student Profile.