Cities of Hillsboro and Marion partner with Network Kansas to host certified Ice House Entrepreneurship Program

The cities of Hillsboro and Marion have partnered with NetWork Kansas to host the Kansas Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, a five-week class to develop entrepreneurial skills for business and life. This program, Think Like an Entrepreneur, is led by Tabor College professor of business administration, entrepreneur, and author Dr. Melinda Rangel. Classes will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, Oct. 18-Nov. 15 at the Marion Community Building. The cost of the program, including dinner, is $50 per person. A $25 discount is offered to those who attend four of the five class sessions.

The Kansas Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is for entrepreneurs and problem solvers seeking to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. The program develops entrepreneurial skills like critical thinking, risk assessment and more. Each class time includes live presentations, video interviews, case studies and a time of discussion to learn and apply the concepts presented. This class also offers time for personal goal setting and development along with networking opportunities for community problem solvers and entrepreneurs.

The Nov. 15 class will be held in Hillsboro and will include a tour of the Central Kansas Entrepreneurship Center (CKEC) at Tabor College. The CKEC offers guidance and resources on entrepreneurship for Marion County residents interested in growing and starting a business.

To register, please contact Hillsboro City Administrator Matt Stiles via email, at, or by phone at 620-947-3162. Program inquiries can be sent to CKEC director Staci Janzen at

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