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Message from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation CEO: The time for hope and fundamental action has arrived https://bit.ly/3MRkyHR
"Helping more underserved entrepreneurs – regardless of race, gender, or geography – access the resources they need to start and grow their businesses will allow our economy to fire on all cylinders." -Phillip Gaskin, VP of Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
What is a "top-down", "bottom-up" entrepreneurial ecosystem building strategy? How can your rural community use it to build a stronger economy? Listen now! https://www.energizingentrepreneurs.org/podcast/episode-30.html Kansas Main Street NetWork Kansas Nebraska Community Foundation Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation The Ford Family Foundation Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Right to Start SourceLink Nebraska
There was a great turnout this evening for a community forum on Diversity and Equality organized by Junction City Main Street and sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Featured speakers were independent filmmaker and Junction City native Kevin Willmott and Miles Sandler, director of policy and engagement with the Kauffman Foundation. The event also included a great group of local high school students who asked questions and offered their ideas on how to address diversity and equality issues.
We are honored to celebrate women this month and everyday as we amplify diverse voices in our city. Today, we celebrate #internationalwomensday with a spotlight on Laura Palacios, Content Marketing Specialist at Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and serves on the UWGKC Governance Committee.

Laura's inspiration for serving our community and giving back started with her first job in #KansasCity as a community organizer for the Service Employees International Union, where she learned about how much support the community needed.

"My hope for future generations is that there are more women of color in decision making positions across Kansas City so that diverse young ladies can look up and see a reflection."

#womenshistorymonth
I am Nichodemus Ingel of Madang in Papua New Guinea, a third world country in the South Pacific. I resigned from my job as a teacher and wishes to help my people to look for some charity funds to start a small SME project to assist my people to address their poverty status through the support of their viable projects. If assisted, the project should help some 20, 000 people who are in fire need for such start-up funds.

Super thanks and I look forward to hearing from your heartfelt organisation.

Nichodemus Ingel, Andikoi Consultancy & Investment Services, Madang, Papua New Guinea
The Kansas Leadership Center and Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation chose Sidney NE as one of 20 communities across 4 states for this community listening session. Please join us and city leadership to provide your feedback about the economic future of Sidney, including what worries you the most.

Register here: https://kansasleadershipcenter.org/heartland-listening-registration/
Southeast vs Ewing Marion Kauffman HS | MSHSAA Girls Basketball
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Date : Monday, February 28, 2022
Time : 8:00 PM
Location : Pembroke Hill School
Game Detail : Class 4 District 14 Quarterfinals
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Southeast vs Ewing Marion Kauffman HS | MSHSAA Girls Basketball
Watch Live Game : https://bit.ly/3hgmJWJ
Date : Monday, February 28, 2022
Time : 8:00 PM
Location : Pembroke Hill School
Game Detail : Class 4 District 14 Quarterfinals
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As Black History Month comes to a close, the commitment to address systemic barriers brought by inequities drawn along racial, gender, and geography lines continues. The policy recommendations we put forth in America's New Business Plan would make sure entrepreneurs like Candice Luter, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, (who is featured in the Washington Post article) have the opportunity, support, knowledge, and funding to grow.

Just think what the economy could achieve if the playing field was level? If Luter's products were featured in big box stores even when it's not February? Our economy should be rooted in the truth that when more people do better, we see the positive ripple effects everywhere.

Let's rebuild a better economy
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IBSA, Inc.is a Start Us Up: America's New Business Plan Coalition Member and we invite others that support entrepreneurs by making recommendations to federal, state, and local government to join us.

Start Us Up: America’s New Business Plan was formally launched by the Kansas-City based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, but the initiative was designed so others could tailor it to their organization or community’s own needs. An extensive team of entrepreneurs and policymakers was consulted to draft the recommendations, and the coalition has grown to more than 150 champions, all of whom are working to advance entrepreneurship in their regions.
The Initiative Foundation is proud to play a small part in the success of several Black-owned businesses featured in this St. Cloud Times story! Thanks to our friends at the Times for sharing these great entrepreneurial stories during Black History Month!

Ashley Williams (Ashley’s Yummy Rollz), Shavawn "Chevy" Crume (Chevy's Pit-BUSINESS), Antoinette Lee-Williams (No Limit Painting) and Monica Faulkner (Sistah's Beauty Supply) are all graduates of the Initiative Foundation’s Enterprise Academy program.

Hudda Ibrahim, Filsan Talent Partners founder and owner, is a graduate of the 2017-2018 Initiators Fellowship cohort. Mateo Mackbee, owner of KREWE Restaurant, is a loan partner and was featured in IQ Magazine. Read more about Mackbee and Krewe at ifound.org/initiative-quarterly/ultimate-stress-test/ultimate-stress-test/

In addition to owning Ellora's Beauty Supply with her mother, Lenora Hunt also started Too Much Talent, an Initiative Foundation grantee and a participant in the Foundation's programming.

Higher Works Collaborative; Central Minnesota Community Empowerment Organization; Sourcewell; The Bush Foundation; Wells Fargo; Otto Bremer Trust; U.S. Small Business Administration; North Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center; Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development; Central Minnesota Community Foundation; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Neighborhood Development Center
We rise by lifting others 💪🏻!

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation gave AltCap $5.3M. These funds will grant increased access to capital for entrepreneurs in distressed areas of Kansas City and those whose credit applications have been rejected by conventional lenders helping many daring entrepreneurs carry on or start a new business!

Cheers on this generous gesture 🥂

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We work with communities to champion uncommon solutions that empower people to shape their futures and to be successful. We work with communities to champion uncommon solutions that empower people to be successful.

We share stories and insights that underscore the essential role of education and entrepreneurship in empowering all people to shape their futures, create vibrant communities and grow an inclusive economy. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation created by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. In the spirit of Mr. Kauffman, we aspire to elimi

Rebuilding Black Wall Street for Us All 03/09/2022

Rebuilding Black Wall Street for Us All

are not always the same as . At our event this weekend, our own Philip Gaskin, vice president of Entrepreneurship, will discuss how policies can help rebuild and build a more inclusive future for all. https://bit.ly/3KwFVfu

Rebuilding Black Wall Street for Us All SXSW 2022 Schedule | Is Black business ownership the path to economic equity? Can we rebuild Black Wall Streets across America in ways that benefit everyone? We often talk about bringing jobs to struggling communities, but creating wealth vs. providing paychecks are two different strategies. Black W...

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Does your organization, nonprofit, program, or project provide direct support, investment, services, and resources to entrepreneurs in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, or Kansas? Apply now for the 2022 Heartland Challenge RFP. https://bit.ly/3McOCgH

03/04/2022

2022 Heartland Challenge RFP Facebook Live

Join Kauffman Senior Program Officer Melissa Roberts Chapman for a live Q&A on the 2022 Heartland Challenge RFP at noon March 4.

The 2022 Heartland Challenge grants will fund programs, projects, and initiatives that build on the assets of community to support these business owners and founders –especially those that are not represented in the entrepreneurship landscape. This three-year initiative is open to applications from nonprofits, fiscally sponsored programs, projects, and organizations that provide direct support, investment, services, and other resources to entrepreneurs in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas. We are looking for projects that focus on (but are not limited to) rural revitalization, innovation, and equitable entrepreneurship.

This will be an exclusive opportunity to have questions directly answered by Melissa prior to the close of the application window. Please review the FAQ page prior to the event and don't forget to RSVP for this opportunity to dig deep into the application process.

Revitalizing America’s Infrastructure Begins with Entrepreneurs 03/04/2022

Revitalizing America’s Infrastructure Begins with Entrepreneurs

In the , President Joe Biden committed to leveling the playing field for entrepreneurs, investing in a skills-based workforce and supporting systems needed for a robust economy, including childcare. We hope Congress moves these proposals forward.

Read Kauffman Vice President of Entrepreneurship Philip Gaskin's response to the , "Revitalizing America’s Infrastructure Begins with Entrepreneurs." https://bit.ly/3pCwHGp

Revitalizing America’s Infrastructure Begins with Entrepreneurs By Philip GaskinVice President of Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurship is key to inclusively rebuilding American infrastructure, but half of our…

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Thinking of applying for a 2022 Heartland Challenge grant? Don't miss this Q&A with @msmeliss2024 at noon CST March 4. RSVP NOW: https://bit.ly/3C04WMU

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Leveraging State Policy to Fund Entrepreneurs and Build Sustainable Entrepreneurial Ecosystems 03/02/2022

Leveraging State Policy to Fund Entrepreneurs and Build Sustainable Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

The latest Ecosystems in Action brief, "Leveraging State Policy to Fund Entrepreneurs and Build Sustainable Entrepreneurial Ecosystems," discusses how legislation can pave the way for programs to finance entrepreneurs like never before. https://bit.ly/3K1lXsM

Leveraging State Policy to Fund Entrepreneurs and Build Sustainable Entrepreneurial Ecosystems This brief outlines an example of how one organization leveraged state policy to address the perennial problem of access to capital for entrepreneurs.

How Infrastructure Funding Can Create Inclusive Prosperity 03/01/2022

How Infrastructure Funding Can Create Inclusive Prosperity

Kauffman's Vice President of Entrepreneurship, Philip Gaskin, testified before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion. In addition to sharing ways to reduce barriers to startup for women and people of color, his testimony highlighted the role that new and small businesses play, serving as the engine of innovation and continued reinvention of our economy.

As the federal government prepares to deploy a historic level of infrastructure funding, we have an opportunity like never before to work toward a more inclusive economy. Now is the time to level the playing field for entrepreneurs. "Untapping this great American resource – our people – is something for which I see strong bipartisan support, but will require we address the capital access gap for underserved businesses who stand ready to meet the moment," Gaskin said.

Learn more about how the Start Us Up Coalition, bringing together policymakers and entrepreneurship advocates, can leverage this moment to champion more entrepreneurs and grow our local economies in the process. https://bit.ly/3BBBxsf

How Infrastructure Funding Can Create Inclusive Prosperity Last week, Philip Gaskin, Vice President of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, testified before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on…

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The latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs in November of 2021. At the next Entrepreneurship Issue Forum, at 10 a.m., CST, Feb. 24, we will hear from scholars, practitioners, and entrepreneurs about labor market trends and what the "Great Resignation" might mean for new business creation and entrepreneurship, as well as the potential long-term effects of this trend on the business landscape in the U.S. REGISTER NOW: https://bit.ly/3gpYtkh

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The latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs in November of 2021. At the next Entrepreneurship Issue Forum, at 10 a.m., CST, Feb. 24, we will hear from scholars, practitioners, and entrepreneurs about labor market trends and what the "Great Resignation" might mean for new business creation and entrepreneurship, as well as the potential long-term effects of this trend on the business landscape in the U.S. REGISTER NOW: https://bit.ly/3gpYtkh

Celebrate the possibilities entrepreneurship, and the Lunar New Year, can provide 02/04/2022

Celebrate the possibilities entrepreneurship, and the Lunar New Year, can provide

"I pour my heart and soul and body and mind into Cafe Cà Phê and I hope that people notice that. But I also see that the rewards come in tenfold."

Hear more from Jackie Nguyen, founder of Cafe Cà Phê, Kansas City's first Vietnamese coffee shop. https://bit.ly/3ATpqWZ

Celebrate the possibilities entrepreneurship, and the Lunar New Year, can provide Startup founder Jackie Nguyen put the themes of Lunar New Year – prosperity, health, wealth, luck, family, and harmony – on full display as community gathere...

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The latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs in November of 2021. At the next Entrepreneurship Issue Forum, at 10 a.m., CST, Feb. 24, we will hear from scholars, practitioners, and entrepreneurs about labor market trends and what the "Great Resignation" might mean for new business creation and entrepreneurship, as well as the potential long-term effects of this trend on the business landscape in the U.S. REGISTER NOW: https://bit.ly/3gpYtkh

The doors will not be closed on Black entrepreneurs 02/03/2022

The doors will not be closed on Black entrepreneurs

This Black History Month, and all year long, let's commit ourselves to work that celebrates Black entrepreneurs, prepares Black students for success, and builds an economy that works for everyone.

• The doors will not be closed on Black entrepreneurs https://bit.ly/333rpbz

• Commit your commerce, not just your support, to Black businesses https://bit.ly/3nMJyFm

• Nikole Hannah-Jones post-event discussion: Students want someone to believe in them https://bit.ly/3mx682L

The doors will not be closed on Black entrepreneurs While the share of new Black entrepreneurs has steadily increased, the pandemic has dealt Black business owners, specifically, a blow that only magnifies the inequities built into the American economy. Black business owners in Kansas City, like entrepreneurs across the country, are managing the real...

02/02/2022

Celebrate the possibilities entrepreneurship, and the Lunar New Year, can provide

"I created Cafe Cà Phê to amplify the Asian narrative in the Midwest," says founder Jackie Nguyen. Lunar New Year is "a huge part of what makes me, me." Nguyen says she beings the themes of Lunar New Year – prosperity, health, wealth, luck, family, and harmony – into her business. "I've brought it into the city. I want there to be a huge celebration here. So, I've created an event that revolves around it." Watch and welcome the 2022 Lunar New Year with Jackie and Cafe Cà Phê: https://bit.ly/3ATpqWZ

Virtual Hearing - Building Opportunity: Addressing the Financial Barriers to Minority and Women-Owned Businesses’ Involvement in Infrastructure Projects | U.S. House Committee on Financial Services 02/02/2022

Virtual Hearing - Building Opportunity: Addressing the Financial Barriers to Minority and Women-Owned Businesses’ Involvement in Infrastructure Projects | U.S. House Committee on Financial Services

Kauffman Vice President of Entrepreneurship Philip Gaskin will provide testimony for the House Financial Services Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee hearing at 9 a.m. CST Feb. 3. His testimony will challenge us to ask: "In a competitive global economy, do we really believe that America can afford to waste the energy and ideas of even one entrepreneur, let alone half of its population?" Don't miss it. Watch here: https://bit.ly/3IXiBH2

Virtual Hearing - Building Opportunity: Addressing the Financial Barriers to Minority and Women-Owned Businesses’ Involvement in Infrastructure Projects | U.S. House Committee on Financial Services : Act Contains Key Provisions Authored by Committee Democrats : Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial ...

01/28/2022

Congratulations, Earl Phalen!

Phalen is a nationally recognized education leader with a track record of successful leadership and innovation. He is the founder and CEO of Summer Advantage USA, a summer reading program that partners with school districts to provide quality summer learning programs for children in grades K-8, and the Phalen Leadership Academies (PLA), a network of K-8 blended learning charter schools. Phalen has served on Kauffman's Board of Trustees since 2016.

KC Scholars is excited to announce Earl Martin Phalen as its new President and CEO! He is a nationally recognized leader in education and will bring a wealth of educational expertise to KC Scholars and the Kansas City community.

Check out the full press release at kcscholars.org/2022/01/kcs-newceo/.

2022 Summer Internship Program 01/27/2022

2022 Summer Internship Program

LAST CHANCE! We seek interns who are passionate about eliminating systemic barriers and working with us to champion ideas and support solutions designed to improve education, boost entrepreneurship, and help communities and individuals thrive. Post-secondary students are invited to apply for our paid summer internship and participate in meaningful project work, civic engagement, and professional development.

The positions are available to students currently completing credentials, certificates, undergraduate, and/or graduate programs. Students with diverse perspectives and life experiences are encouraged to apply.

The internship program will run from June 6 to July 29 and all positions require a full-time commitment. Applications are due Jan. 28. Explore the positions, eligibility requirements, and how to apply: https://bit.ly/3dUII3H

2022 Summer Internship Program The 2022 Summer Internship Program will engage a diverse group of 10-15 college students in a paid summer internship experience with three components: meaningful project work, civic engagement, and professional development.

2022 Summer Internship Program 01/21/2022

2022 Summer Internship Program

Exciting news: Applications are now open for the Kauffman Foundation’s 2022 paid summer internship program! We’re seeking individuals who are passionate about our mission and want to work with us to eliminate systemic barriers so that all people – regardless of their background – have the opportunity to achieve economic stability, mobility, and prosperity.

The positions are open to all students who are post-high school and currently completing credentials, certificates, undergraduate, and/or graduate programs. We seek students with diverse perspectives and life experiences. Deadline is Jan. 28, 2022.

Explore the positions, eligibility requirements, and how to apply: https://www.kauffman.org/careers/2022-internship-program/

2022 Summer Internship Program The 2022 Summer Internship Program will engage a diverse group of 10-15 college students in a paid summer internship experience with three components: meaningful project work, civic engagement, and professional development.

01/20/2022

#ShinefortheFrontline

Tonight, the Kauffman Foundation, U.S. Engineering, Kauffman Stadium, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Arrowhead Stadium, the Country Club Plaza, the historic Kansas City Power and Light Building, and other local businesses and community members from across Kansas City joined together to . We flashed the lights of the Foundation to show our support for those working in healthcare, public safety and education working tirelessly to keep our communities moving forward.

THANK YOU to frontline workers for working longer hours, covering for coworkers, and being beacons of hope in our community. As Tyler Nottberg, chairman and CEO of U.S. Engineering wrote in his open letter of support last week, “We know that community health is what makes it possible for us to operate our businesses, serve our customers, and ensure that our employees can provide for their families. The work you are doing each day makes that possible.” https://bit.ly/3AgpgbS

Diversifying the Entrepreneurship Research Pipeline: Emerging Learnings from 2020 Knowledge Challenge Grantees 01/18/2022

Diversifying the Entrepreneurship Research Pipeline: Emerging Learnings from 2020 Knowledge Challenge Grantees

Want to learn from the 2020 Knowledge Challenge grantees? Watch this forum: https://bit.ly/3ewj05L

Diversifying the Entrepreneurship Research Pipeline: Emerging Learnings from 2020 Knowledge Challenge Grantees In this forum, we will hear updates from five Knowledge Challenge project teams who have increased mentorship and networking opportunities, developed innovative curriculum, and put communities and researchers together in close conversation in an effort to increase the range of perspectives and exper...

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day is a day of education, advocacy, and action. It reminds us that we must rebuild broken systems so that everyone has the opportunity to achieve economic stability, mobility, and prosperity.

We believe that to create equitable, comprehensive, and sustainable change, we must first listen to the communities in which we work, develop shared learning and knowledge, and bring people together. https://www.kauffman.org/

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