Learn what a makerspace in Baldwin City could look like and get inspired

Shelley Paasch, Regional Manager, Network Kansas
Jim Correll, Director at Fab Lab ICC at Independence Community College

Shelley will provide an overview of Network Kansas and resources available for entrepreneurs including opportunities for communities to create maker spaces in their communities. Jim will offer insights into the challenges and successes experienced by the FAB Lab ICC, as well as its impact on the local economy and community culture since opening in 2014. Named with the abbreviated term for “fabrication laboratory,” Fab Lab ICC is a creative maker-space facility offering tools, technology and education to budding entrepreneurs, students, hobbyists, small business owners and innovators of all ages. The Independence facility emphasizes the integration of entrepreneurial mindset education with the hands-on creative process.

Find out how a FAB Lab and makerspaces can unlock unlimited potential for creativity and entrepreneurial development. Moreover, as the Independence community has realized, such a facility ultimately can achieve a positive, sustainable and significant impact on the local economy.


Shelley Paasch

As Regional Manager of the Eastern Region E-Communities for NetWork Kansas, Shelley is responsible as the primary point person for those communities. Shelley began her involvement, engagement and understanding of economic development, entrepreneurship and community outreach in 2007 as the executive director of a local Main Street program from the inception to the conclusion for seven years. Shelley continued her passion for economic development, business growth & retention and strategic planning working as an independent contractor for a couple small businesses in Kansas. Shelley, who resides in southeast Kansas, originates from Ohio by way of Florida and California and chose Kansas moving from San Francisco in 2002.




Jim Correll

Jim Correll currently serves as the director of Fab Lab ICC, facilitator/business coach of the Successful Entrepreneur Program, and as voluntary executive director of IBRC. Jim has owned and worked in small and large businesses for the last 25 years. This includes professional photography, manufacturing management, and online retailing, including Amazon.com where he completed certification in the Amazon Six Sigma Black Belt program. In 2006 he is joined the staff at Independence Community College (ICC) where he has innovated numerous business centric programs such as the Successful Entrepreneur Program, the not-for-profit Innovative Business Resource Center (IBRC), an informal weekly “Entrepreneurs Brown Bag Lunch” (EBBL) to discuss various entrepreneurial and business topics, and the region’s first “Entrepreneurial Mindset” (EM) course using the revolutionary “Ice House” entrepreneurship curriculum. Correll credits many of these activities with creating a circle of “entrepreneurial thinkers” that have led to the creation and launch of Fab Lab ICC in October, 2014.