|Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitation is a nonprofit organization which offers free and confidential business coaching in Northeast Kansas. We are a group of over sixty volunteers from five counties who care passionately about the success and sustainability of our rural Northeast Kansas region. We formed the Facilitation board in order to assist our rural entrepreneurs in creating or maintaining their small business ventures. We do this for the same reason the early pioneers helped their neighbors by barn raising-we know it will strengthen and sustain our rural communities.
The NEKEF board usually meets once a month. During the meetings, the facilitator will ask the board for assistance with specific issues facing clients. The board spends an hour brainstorming resources and possibilities so that each issue can be successfully resolved by the client. The board also monitors the progress of the project through monthly reports from the facilitator on client activities, including the number of new or expanded businesses, and new or retained jobs. Once a year the board conducts random client surveys to assess the project.