Douglas County working with various nonprofits to host event geared toward equity for entrepreneurs

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Flory Meeting Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Douglas County is collaborating with a number of local, statewide and national partners to host an event geared toward advancing equitable opportunities for entrepreneurs in Lawrence and the county.

Douglas County is set to host an “ecosystem town hall” starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Flory Meeting Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. The event is a partnership between the county, the Douglas County Community Foundation, the Lawrence chamber of commerce, statewide entrepreneurial nonprofit NetWork Kansas and national entrepreneurial nonprofit Forward Cities.

According to a press release from the county, the event is intended to help the community take steps toward designing, leading and sustaining equitable entrepreneurial communities in Lawrence and Douglas County. It’s part of Forward Cities’ “E3 Nation Tour,” which stands for “Equity for Every Entrepreneur.”

The tour is co-facilitated by Forward Cities president and CEO Fay Horwitt and Venture Equilibrium Impact Ventures co-founder Kasem Mohsen. Horwitt will serve as the keynote speaker at the town hall.

The county is inviting local entrepreneurs, small business owners and “community champions” to attend the town hall. The event is free, but registration is required. Those with questions about the event can contact Assistant Douglas County Administrator Jill Jolicoeur at


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