Free Trainings for Region’s Businesses and Nonprofits Now Available


BELOIT, KS, August 23, 2021 — Registrations are now being accepted for entrepreneurs, businesses, and non-profit organizations located in North Central Kansas to attend free training covering a variety of topics. The training sessions are being hosted by the North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCRPC), based in Beloit.

“Businesses and nonprofits in the region have faced extreme challenges over the past year,” North Central Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Emily Benedick said. “Our goal is to provide tools and resources that will help them grow and thrive.”

Courses are available on a variety of subjects including some of the following examples: Developing a Business Plan for Your Business or Nonprofit, Website Development, Online Sales, Customer Service: The Key to Surviving Economic Downturns, Strategically Recruiting and Creating an Effective Nonprofit Board, Succession Planning: Your Guide to Passing on Your Business, and Making Your Accounting Quick with QuickBooks©. Many of the available sessions to date will be delivered online via Zoom.

“We are continuing to work with providers to schedule additional classes and topics and fine tune what is being offered to have the greatest benefit in the region,” Benedick said.

The training has been developed as part of the region’s response and recovery to the economic impacts of COVID-19. It is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration’s CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant awarded to the NCRPC. The NCRPC currently serves the following 12 counties in North Central Kansas: Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Marshall, Mitchell, Ottawa, Republic, Saline and Washington.

Training sessions are free, but advance registration is required. To view the course schedule and to register, visit

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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