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Virtual Job Fair to Highlight Hundreds of State Agency Opportunities Jobseekers are encouraged to attend the upcoming State of Kansas Agencies Virtual Job Fair from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 27. This month’s virtual fair, hosted by KANSASWORKS, will feature many exciting employment opportunities available across the state’s 98 government agencies. Currently, there are more than 700 vacancies across the state. Governor Kelly Travels to Japan, South Korea to Create More Jobs for Kansans This week, Governor Laura Kelly traveled to Japan and South Korea to participate in the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association (MWJA/JMWA) Conference. While there, she met with business leaders to continue building on Kansas’ historic economic development success and create new job opportunities for Kansas workers. Kansas Commerce Department Hires New International Director Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland announced today Laura Lombard has been named the agency’s new International Director. Lombard brings 15 years of experience in international relations and business development to the position, most recently serving as President and CEO of Kansas Global Trade Services in Wichita. Governor Kelly Announces Funding to Grow Small Business Exports Governor Laura Kelly today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) awarded $200,000 to the Kansas Department of Commerce to expand the state’s robust export sector, which hit an all-time high of $13.97 billion in 2022. The agency’s International Division oversees the administration of the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) award, enabling eligible businesses to leverage these funds for conducting focused activities that promote export growth. View All


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Collaborating for economic success

The Kansas Department of Commerce partners with several organizations and commissions to facilitate economic development success in Kansas.

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Athletic Commission

The Kansas Athletic Commission administers laws and regulations governing regulated sports and wrestling. The Commission continually strives to provide authorized control and official direction for professional boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts and wrestling, while encouraging the promotion of such sporting events in the State of Kansas.

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Creative Arts Industries Commission

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) is focused on the creative industries sector of the Kansas economy. The Commission is dedicated to measuring, promoting, supporting and expanding the creative industries to grow the state’s economy and create creative industry-related jobs.

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Great Plains Technology & Manufacturing Cluster

The Great Plains Technology and Manufacturing Cluster (Great Plains TMC) assists manufacturers and technology entrepreneurs across the Great Plains to connect and engage technology and business resources to develop, launch and grow new products and businesses.

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Kansas Board of Regents

The Kansas Board of Regents governs six state universities and coordinates one municipal university, nineteen community colleges and six technical colleges. The Board of Regents’ purpose is to support this diverse group of public higher education institutions, each of which contributes to the social and economic well-being of Kansas and its citizens, and each of which seeks excellence. The system provides broad and affordable access to higher education, prepares students for the workforce and for life and benefits the state through economic growth, research contributions and advancing other aspirational goals of each institution.

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Kansas Business One Stop

Whether your business is getting started, making changes, growing or expanding, the Kansas Business One Stop is your one-stop-shop for interacting with Kansas government. Here you can learn how to organize a business, locate information and resources needed to start or maintain a business and much more.

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Kansas State Department of Education

The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is a dynamic, dedicated service agency that provides leadership, resources, support and accountability to the state’s K-12 education system. KSDE administers the state’s governance of education, standards and assessments, special education services, child nutrition and wellness, title programs and services, career and technical education, and financial aid. It is the goal of the agency to provide all Kansas children with equal access to a quality, high-level education that promotes student achievement and prepares all students for global success.

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Kansas Economic Development Alliance

The Kansas Economic Development Alliance is an organization of professionals and volunteers involved in economic growth and development.

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Kansas Manufacturing Solutions

Kansas Manufacturing Solutions, formerly Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC), helps Kansas manufacturers address challenges, achieve success and create growth.

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Kansas PRIDE

Kansas PRIDE is a community-initiated effort that helps local leaders prepare for and manage change through a hands-on approach to community self-improvement. The program addresses such areas as planning, community services and community enrichment. The Department of Commerce assists K-State Research and Extension with the administration of PRIDE by providing technical assistance and training opportunities for the local programs.

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Kansas Small Business Development Center

As the leading provider of assistance to Kansas entrepreneurs, the Kansas SBDC is focused on helping its clients reach their goals.

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The KANSASWORKS State Board is the Governor’s principal private sector policy advisor on building a strong workforce development system that is aligned with state education policies and economic development goals. All of its members are appointed by the Governor and represent a diverse cross section of business, labor, education, vocational rehabilitation, economic development and general public.

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NetWork Kansas

NetWork Kansas grows the entrepreneurial environment in Kansas by cultivating resources to start and grow small businesses.

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Team Kansas

Team Kansas is a group of private business leaders, economic development professionals and state officials who work to attract companies, investment and jobs to Kansas. Team Kansas partners with the Kansas Department of Commerce and the state of Kansas to share our state’s story with businesses and entrepreneurs from around the world.

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U.S. Small Business Administration

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.

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Western Kansas Rural Economic Development Alliance

wKREDA is a coalition of people in 55 western Kansas counties who work together for the common good of western Kansas. Originally formed as a grassroots organization in 1994, wKREDA’s members maintain a collaborative affiliation focused on their individual and collective rural development goals.

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