My Miami County Reads: 2021
Join your local libraries in this community reading initiative
Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur
Based on the life story of Pulitzer nominee Clifton Taulbert, the book offers a powerful and compelling story that captures the essence of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide.
Drawing on the wisdom he gained from his Uncle Cleve, Who Owns the Ice House? chronicles Taulbert’s journey from his life in the Mississippi Delta at the height of legal segregation to being recognized by TIME Magazine as “one of our nation’s most outstanding emerging entrepreneurs.”
To kick off the initiative, the libraries in Louisburg, Paola, Osawatomie and Spring Hill will each be distributing free copies of the book starting in September. Readers are encouraged to read the book and pass it along to others.
Each library is planning a series of activities and discussions to explore the book's themes of entrepreneurship. Connect with your library to learn about their special October events along with the resources they offer businesses every day!
Additional local resources for entrepreneurs include:
Oct. 4, 8:15 a.m., lesson at USD 368 Elementary Schools and available on library Youtube channel
Little Inventors Capitalize on Community with STEM
Following the Oct. 4 presentation, students can stop by the Paola Free Library Oct. 5 from 4 to 5 p.m. for inspiration and workspace to create their dog toys.
Description: Presentation about community, inventions and the design process provided in elementary USD 368 classrooms during “Monday Mindset” and made available on our Paola Free Library Youtube channel for all youth. Student STEM project: handmade dog toy inventions may be turned back into the school or the Paola Free Library to be delivered to the Little Free Dog Library at the community dog park throughout the month of October. Pictures of students with their designs are welcomed. The Little Free Dog Library will be created by the Paola High School Shop class and decorated by local artists.
Oct. 5, 6 p.m., Osawatomie Library
Building Your Business From the Ground Up
Description: A panel on starting and maintaining a successful small business. This panel will feature local small businesses including Our Clique Photography. Community members are invited to come with questions and seek input from these local experts.
Oct. 12, noon to 1 p.m., Paola Free Library and Zoom Link
Every House Needs a Good Foundation: Building Your Business
Description: This one-hour seminar will discuss the 3 M’s of starting a business: Money – and what it takes to get a loan or other funding. Marketing – trends, costs, best practices. Management – legal structure basics such as an LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership; self-employment and payroll taxes; independent contractors vs. W-2 employees; insurance and risk management; financial management. Bring your lunch and enjoy a lunch hour of learning!
Bio: John Addessi is a Business Advisor, adjunct instructor and Certified Global Business Professional with the Kansas Small Business Development Center at Johnson County Community College. John teaches seminars and consults on topics such as financing, business plans, marketing, international trade, e-commerce and more. Prior to joining the Kansas SBDC at JCCC, John was a consultant with the Kansas SBDC at Washburn University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Russian and his MBA in general management from the University of Rhode Island. John has advised over 1600 business clients in the KC metro.
Oct. 12, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Louisburg City Hall
MAKE IT your Business
Description: Local hobbyists share their experiences turning their hobbies into small side businesses from their homes.
Carl Fugate—electronics, soldering kits and metal fabrication; Karla Holiday—Hot off the Press clothing; and Lisa Moreau—Kruse Creations custom designed laser etching.
Oct. 13, 10 to 11 a.m., Louisburg Library
Mystery Book Club
Description: You’ve read the book, now join the discussion.
Oct. 13, 7 to 8 p.m., Louisburg Library
Description: Not just for guys this month! Join in the book talk.
Oct. 16, 1 to 3 p.m., Louisburg Library
MAKE Your Way Festival
Description: Discover what you can create using your library’s Maker Tools. Some of those include: die cut machines; 3D printer, laser cutter; audio-visual equipment and more.
Oct. 18, 2 to 8 p.m., Paola Free Library
Description: Stop by the library to learn about how our Maker tools can help local businesses with branding, marketing materials, prototypes and more.
Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Louisburg High School
Oct. 19, 11:30 a.m., Osawatomie High School Auditorium
Intergenerational Book Discussion
Description: Community members are invited to participate in a discussion with high school students about the entrepreneurial topics within Who Owns the Ice House?. Discussion questions will be provided as a starting point. Community members and students are encouraged to come with their own ideas and questions as well.
Oct. 19, 2:30 p.m., Paola High School Library & Zoom Link
Intergenerational Book Discussion
Oct. 19, 6 p.m., Louisburg United Methodist Church
Make It Your Mindset
Description: Author Gary Schoeniger and Business Coach & Facilitator Jim Correll. Shoeniger will redefine entrepreneurship as a behavioral phenomenon rather than a business discipline using the eight life lessons found in the book. Then, Correll of Independence Community College FabLab will discuss how he is using the book and its companion course to teach the entrepreneurial mindset.
Oct. 20, 11:30 a.m., Louisburg Middle School Library
YA Book Club—Peacebunny Island
Description: Eligible seventh and eighth grade students eat lunch while they discuss a companion piece to Who Owns the Icehouse? Peacebunny Island is the true story of an 8-year-old boy who wanted to help abandoned pet rabbits and start his own rabbit rehab. Soon his rescued rabbits became therapy animals to help children with special needs, veterans, senior citizens, and others. Caleb is now in high school and he owns and operates a private 22-acre island in the Mississippi National River Recreation Area in Minnesota for his rehabilitated rabbits.
Oct. 22, 11 a.m., Louisburg Library
Homeschool Book Club—Peacebunny Island
Eligible homeschool students (6th—12th grade) eat lunch while they discuss a companion piece to Who Owns the Icehouse? Peacebunny Island is the true story of an 8-year-old boy who wanted to help abandoned pet rabbits and start his own rabbit rehab. Soon his rescued rabbits became therapy animals to help children with special needs, veterans, senior citizens, and others. Caleb is now in high school and he owns and operates a private 22-acre island in the Mississippi National River Recreation Area in Minnesota for his rehabilitated rabbits.
Oct. 25, 4 to 5 p.m., Paola Free Library
Little Inventors Capitalize on Community with STEM
Description: presentation about community, inventions and the design process provided in elementary USD 368 classrooms during “Monday Mindset” and made available on our Paola Free Library Youtube channel for all youth. Student STEM project: handmade dog toy inventions may be turned back into the school or the Paola Free Library to be delivered to the Little Free Dog Library at the community dog park throughout the month of October. Pictures of students with their designs are welcomed. The Little Free Dog Library will be created by the Paola High School Shop class and decorated by local artists.
Oct. 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Louisburg City Hall
Empower the Entrepreneur
Description: Local entrepreneurs share how they established their businesses: David Alexander—Social:Managed; Janet Houchen—Pro31 Accounting; Jenn Kelly—Frankie’s Salon, Local Brew & Frankie’s Boutique; and Kevin Stoops—KRS Corporation
Janet McRae, Miami County Economic Development, will provide tips on building a business.
Nov. 12, Fall Festival
Elementary Entrepreneurs Expo
Description: Elementary students will present their business ideas in a booth format alongside local businesses presenting what they have to offer.
Funding for this project
is provided by:
What is an E-Community?
During the summer of 2019, a coalition of community and business leaders applied for and were selected to become one of the state’s newest
What does that mean?
With the support of the county commissioners, members of the advisory board they appoint for economic development are now leading a coalition of people focused specifically on helping new and second stage businesses. As a partnership NetWork Kansas, the group will facilitate a locally-controlled revolving loan fund to supply entrepreneurs with capital. They will also now have increased access and limited funding for training and technical support.
How can I get involved in the educational opportunities?
NetWork Kansas Board Certified Programs are designed to generate entrepreneurial activity in a community. Members of the local group are reviewing existing efforts to see what might be the best match for Miami County. A full list of Network Kansas Board Certified Programs can be found here.