E-Community is a designation by NetWork Kansas that identifies their partners in entrepreneur-related programming. A coalition of community and business leaders applied for the status in 2019.
What does that mean?
The Greater Miami County Economic Development Corporation leads the coalition of persons focused specifically on helping new and second stage businesses. The group facilitates a locally-controlled revolving loan fund to supply entrepreneurs with capital. They also have increased access and limited funding for training and technical support.
An informational brochure about the program is available here, and a summary of the loan program is available here.
What is the Greater Miami County Economic Development Corporation?
The corporation is a 501c6 nonprofit with membership appointed to each serve three year terms. Each county commissioner appoints one member to the board. The cities of Louisburg, Osawatomie, Paola and Spring Hill also have an appointment. The board meets during the months of February, May, August and November on the third Thursdays at 3 p.m. Meetings may be adjusted due to member schedules and holidays.
The organization is staffed by personnel from the Economic Development Department.
How can I get involved in the educational opportunities?
NetWork Kansas Board Certified Programs are designed to generate entrepreneurial activity in a community. Members of the local group are reviewing existing efforts to see what might be the best match for Miami County. A full list of Network Kansas Board Certified Programs can be found here.