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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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Kansas Economic Spotlight

Precious Metals Company Discovers Ideal Location in Rural Kansas

Jul 28, 2023

US Assets Recovery (USAR), a company specializing in precious metal recovery, refining and fabrication, is flourishing. In choosing a new location to grow, the Joplin, Mo.-based company recently looked to Kansas.    Floyd Langley, chief financial officer for USAR, credited the work of the Kansas Department of Commerce for its…

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Commerce internship program features reciprocal learning, career opportunities

Jul 14, 2023

Kelsey Haile was a college student at Wichita State University when she began an internship in 2021 at the Kansas Department of Commerce. The move was a major step forward in Haile’s career, as she’s now working full time at the Department of Commerce. Looking back, Haile credits her internship…

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Kansas Department of Commerce has Golden Touch – Again!

Jun 30, 2023

The past few years in economic development have been golden in Kansas, with proof in three straight Gold Shovels presented to states with outstanding achievements — with the latest award recognizing a variety of successes statewide in 2022. For an unprecedented third straight year, Kansas received a Gold Shovel from…

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Celebrating Minority Business Success in Kansas

Jun 16, 2023

Sheila Ellis-Glasper has spent her career building and executing winning social media strategies for creative, purpose-driven businesses. She founded SEG Media Collective LLC in 2016 in Manhattan, offering branding and social media consulting and management services to businesses worldwide. Ellis-Glasper and her team have since crafted numerous award-winning brands in…

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Lawmakers support economic growth policies for Kansas

Jun 9, 2023

Economic development is creating new opportunities for Kansans and improving communities of all sizes and in every part of the state. Kansas Department of Commerce partners in this wave of success with the Kansas Legislature, which has been a welcome ally in crafting laws that are strengthening Kansas’ reputation as…

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