LENEXA, Kan. – (June 17, 2013) – The Enterprise Center of Johnson County (ECJC), a venture development organization and early stage company incubator in the Kansas City Metro, today announced the appointment of George Hansen as President & CEO. Mr. Hansen joins ECJC as a next step in his distinguished career of building and financing companies across multiple industries in Kansas City and throughout the world.
In his new role, Mr. Hansen will lead ECJC’s efforts to fuel new venture development and facilitate the associated rapid growth in employment opportunities in Johnson County and the surrounding metropolitan region. George replaces Joel Wiggins, who recently accepted the position as President of his alma mater, Crown College in Minnesota.
ATHENS, Ohio – The National Business Incubation Association awarded Joel Wiggins with the 2013 President’s Award during NBIA’s International Conference on Business Incubation in Boston. This award recognizes a longtime NBIA member for lifetime achievement in support of business incubation.
A 16-year veteran incubation professional, frequent presenter at NBIA conferences, and former NBIA board member and chairman, Wiggins is leaving his post as president & CEO of the Enterprise Center of Johnson County in Lenexa, Kan., to become president of Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn., in June. Wiggins studied history at Crown, a Christian school where all students have a dual major: their chosen discipline and Christian Studies.
The Women’s Business Center (WBC) has been fortunate over the past one and a half years to have Dorothy Browning as Program Director. In addition to working with our WBC clients, Dorothy has been instrumental in creating a foundation for our microenterprise clients in our community. This includes the FirstStep FastTrac classes for start-ups and raising a loan loss fund to leverage $2 million in micro-financing with our partner organization, Justine Petersen. Dorothy has a new adventure in relocating to the Cape Coral, Florida area with her family. She is now working with Goodwill Industries in sharing her microenterprise expertise with Floridians.
LENEXA, Kan. –LilyPad EV, a provider of electric vehicle charging station products and services, has recently increased its geographic reach to serve customers across the U.S. LilyPad EV’s recent growth stems from a robust electric vehicle market and the need for reliable and convenient charging options.
Currently there are over 5,000 electric car charging stations across the U.S. But with sales of plug-in vehicles up almost 200% over the last year, additional charging stations in more locations are required to keep up with the demands of EV drivers. Drivers of plug-in cars want to be able to charge their vehicles at home, at work, and in their communities as they go about their daily lives. This has created opportunities for communities, businesses, educational institutions, and utility companies to deploy charging infrastructure to meet the needs of drivers and enjoy increased patronage and, in some cases, additional revenue.