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Local Business Services

The Economic Development Corporation of Lawrence & Douglas County strives to make it easy to do business in the region.

Our economic development strategy includes a focus on supporting existing businesses.  Local companies can be assured that when they need us, we’re here for them.  The Chamber, Lawrence, Kansas, serves as the EDC’s go-to organization for local business support. Consider it your one-stop shop for business assistance.

The Chamber’s professional staff is ready to help business owners and managers access available assistance and navigate challenges at the local and state level.  No matter the need, contact the Chamber first.


Our quality workforce gives us an advantage over other regions and we’d like to keep it that way.  That’s why we’re focused on supporting the training and workforce development programs that our employers need to stay competitive.

The region’s successful programs include:

The Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center, set to open in August 2015, provides technical training to a diverse community of learners to meet the current and emerging needs of our communities and employers.

KU Small Business Development Center, an extension of the University of Kansas, provides small businesses with low-cost training seminars, counseling and other services.

Lawrence Workforce Center, in partnership with Kansas Works, helps employers find skilled workers.

USD 497 , Lawrence’s highly-ranked public school system, working to educate its students and prepare them for careers.

KU Continuing Education, programs providing a wide range of learning opportunities to help community members achieve their personal and professional goals.

Johnson County Community College Workforce Development Program, a community and economic development program that offers more than 2,500 training and development courses each year.

Heartland Works, a program focused on Northeast Kansas, provides skills training and  employment data and helps introduce potential employers to the local workforce.

Kansas Works, training and workforce development programs available at the state level through the Kansas Department of Commerce.