Thursday, August 18, 2011

Small Business works in Kansas

The U.S. Department of Treasury announced last week they are providing funds to two banks in Kansas via their Small Business Lending Fund. This fund was created as part of the 2010 Jobs Act to help banks lend to new small businesses. This fund is just one of many resources available to entrepreneurs. Find more resources for new business start-ups below.

Small Business Lending Fund (U.S. Treasury)

Kansas Business Center (Kansas Department of Commerce)

Network Kansas (Non-profit)

Kansas Small Business Development Center (Partnership between Kansas Department of Commerce and US Small Business Administration)

Minority and Women Business Development (Kansas Department of Commerce)

Federal and State business grants (Network Kansas)

Federal grants (Small Business Administration)

Business incentives to locate in Kansas

Small Business Workshops (Kansas Department of Revenue)

Advantage Loan Initiatives (Small Business Administration)

Financing for small business and non-profits

New markets venture capital (Small Business Administration)

Article contact: Kim Harp

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Presidential Election 2012

And so it begins... Another race to the White House is underway. Below are some basic sources on U.S. presidential elections, campaigners, campaign finance, the Electoral College and other resources available from government and non-government sites.

Federal Election Commission

2012 Presidential Form 2 Filers
(All individuals who have filed a Statement of Candidacy (FEC Form 2) with the FEC to register as a 2012 presidential candidate)

2012 Presidential Campaign Finance
(Summarizes financial information disclosed by each Presidential candidate who has reported at least $100,000 in contributions from individuals other than the candidate)

2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions Alphabetically by State

2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions Chronologically by State

What is the Electoral College

Electoral College FAQs

Distribution of 2008 Electoral Votes

2008 Voting and Registration (U.S. Census Bureau)
(Information on reported voting and registration by various demographic and socioeconomic characteristics is collected for the nation in November of Congressional and Presidential election years in the Current Population Survey)

American Presidential Elections
(Document by Allan J. Lichtman issued online by the American Embassy in Japan explaining how Americans elect their president)

Election of the President for Kids

Political Party Information

Open Directory Project
U.S. Presidential Elections
2012 Presidential Election

Gallup Pole: Election 2012
(Presidential polling questions, results, reports and comparisons over the campaign cycle)

United States Presidental Election 2012 (Wikipedia),_2012
Includes Links to Official Candidate Websites

ABC News (click Vote 2012)
CBS News Elections
CNN Election Center
MSNBC Politics
PBS Online NewsHour

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Back to School!

It's hard to think of fall and returning to school when it's been so hot. The calendar has turned another month, making parents check school supply lists and trying to squeeze in a few last-minute summer activities. Listed below are some resources available from government and private organizations to help orient your mind to school days.

Assistance in getting school supplies

Operation School Bell (Wichita area)- provides back-to-school clothes, uniforms and hygiene items to students in need

Communities in Schools (statewide)- provides a variety of assistance to keep kids in school

Salvation Army- provides school supply, children’s programmng, tutoring, preschools

For your back-to-school vaccination and health needs:

Laws that require vaccinations and the statutory exceptions:

Form to verify your child’s vaccinations:

Kansas physical forms for participating in high school sports:

School Lunch

School nutrition programs as provided by the Kansas Department of Education:

National school lunch program:

Play Hard, Stay Healthy from the USDA


How to pick the perfect before or after school childcare:

ERC Resource & Referral provides customized child care referrals, professional development and resources for early childhood professionals, and referrals to community resources:

United Way 2-1-1:

Parent Resources


Kansas Parent Information Resource Center:

Article contact: Kim Harp