Facilities Management Networking Luncheon

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In the fall of 2016, Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development teamed up with Cowley First Business Partner, Mahaney Roofing, to form a Facilities Management (FM) network in Cowley County.

Larger metros such as the Wichita area have formal organizations such as an International Facility Management Association, (IFMA) chapter. While the Cowley County Facilities Management Network has been informal with no dues or membership requests, the intent is similar; to connect professionals who have chosen or been thrust into the role of facilities manager or maintenance.

According to Wikipedia, a facility manger is an interdisciplinary business function that coordinates space, infrastructure, people and organization. It is often associated with the administration of office blocks, arenas, schools, universities, sporting complexes, convention centers, shopping complexes, hospitals, hotels, manufacturing and shipping.

IFMA outlines 11 core competencies of facility management which are: communication, emergency preparedness and business continuity, environmental stewardship and sustainability, finance and business, human factors, leadership and strategy, operations and maintenance, quality, real estate and property management, and technology. Continue Reading

Growing Rural Business Series in Cowley County – Register Now

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Growing Rural Business Flyer and class outline

Wichita State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, in partnership with Cowley First-Cowley County GRB CC logoEconomic Development and the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, is pleased to announce the entrepreneurial certificate program “Growing Rural Businesses” will be offered in Cowley County beginning in September. This 8-week course is custom-made to meet the needs of existing rural business owners who are ready to grow.

Taught by faculty from Wichita State University who are experts in running businesses, this program provides hands-on, practical solutions and techniques to grow and modernize business ventures while living in a rural setting. Insights and learning tools include small group exercises, case studies, and interactive discussions with peers, facilitators, and industry experts. This popular course is offered only a handful of times per year on a competitive basis. More than 140 Kansas businesses across a variety of trades have benefited from this instruction. Continue Reading

Business Appreciation Month Reception

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Each year Cowley First and the Winfield and Arkansas City chambers nominate local business to the Ks. 2017 Save the DateDepartment of Commerce for consideration of the Governor’s Award of Excellence. A reception is also hosted to recognize the local businesses during the month of June, Business Appreciation Month. The BAM reception will be held June 22 at Wheat State Winery from 4:30-7:00.

Business being recognized at the come-and-go reception are: Greif Bros., Green Vision/Dr Gail Burden, Reedy Ford, ReJuvv Spa, Skyline Homes, Twin Rivers Developmental Support, Winfield Public Library.

For more information contact Cowley First or the chambers.

Facilities Management Lunch planned for June 7th

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Facilities Mgt Flyer

Cowley First and Mahaney Roofing teamed up in 2016 to bring resources and information to local businesses and front line workers that deal with facility Image result for free facilities clip artmanagement issues. The goal is to gather facility managers, maintenance techs, custodians, project managers and even the financial gurus of your business or organization to discuss and present information on how to plan and prepare for your facilities’ future.

Topics may range from certifications, training, facility planning and benchmarking. We very much want your input so that we may respond to your needs and concerns as we invite quarterly presenters. Continue Reading

Back Road Dining in Cowley County

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For the second summer, the fun dining promotion “Back Road Dining in Cowley County” is kicking off May 6th.  Once again, Cowley First-Cowley County logoEconomic Development has teamed up with five restaurants in Cowley County to offer a chance to win a $25 dining gift certificate.

Those wishing to participate in the Back Road Dining promotion are asked to dine at all five participating restaurants where they can receive a punch card. After eating at all five establishments their completed card will be entered into the free drawing. You may complete the Back Road Dining circuit more than once prior to the conclusion of the promotion on September 10, 2017. Continue Reading

WSU CMD classes in Cowley County Announced

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Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development Partnership will be sponsoring educational seminars to enhance careers and foster workforce development.

Managing Generations in the Workplace, Solving Problems and Making Decisions Effectively and Improving Supervisory Skills seminars will be presented by Wichita State Center for Management Development in Winfield on March 29 and 30 at a reduced cost.

Class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Winfield Physicians Pavilion, 1230 E. 6th Avenue.  Due to the collaborative effort, the WSU CMD classes will be held in Cowley County at a greatly reduced cost. Attendees may choose to attend one day of their choice for $150 or both days for $275. Registration is being handled by Cowley First with a deadline date of March 15, unless classes fill sooner. Continue Reading

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