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74-99c04. Purpose and duties. (a) The purpose of the Kansas center for entrepreneurship is to enhance the quality of life for citizens of this state by providing increased availability of an accessibility to capital, particularly at the seed capital investment stage, encouraging wealth creation through new jobs that increase the wage base promoting new business development and encouraging individuals to invest in the Kansas center for entrepreneurship and to assist regional and community organizations in providing seed funding for entrepreneurs. The Kansas center for entrepreneurship shall:

(1) Create and review policies that support and grow traditional corporate, government, nonprofit and university entrepreneurs in Kansas;

(2) serve as the central portal for entrepreneurs seeking business assistance and financing options in Kansas by providing a seamless resource center clearinghouse and referral source, to include establishment of a website and a toll free telephone number;

(3) lead collaborative efforts between education, research and outreach services to serve potential entrepreneurs across the state;

(4) manage the center's interest-bearing accounts and develop policies and procedures to assure that moneys in such accounts are distributed to qualified entrepreneurs;

(5) organize a summit to recommend policy to foster an economic climate conducive to the development of an agricultural bioscience industry;

(6) work with the board of regents and Kansas board of education to create training and coursework in entrepreneurship for dissemination to elementary, secondary and vocational-technical schools, community colleges and universities; and

(7) prepare an annual report to the governor and the legislature detailing the operational and fund activity of the center and recommending a legislative agenda that will encourage growth in entrepreneurship.

(b) The Kansas center for entrepreneurship shall have all the powers necessary to achieve its purposes including the power to make contracts and execute all instruments necessary or convenient for carrying out its business.

History: L. 2004, ch. 112, § 58; L. 2007, ch. 179, § 30; July 1.

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