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Summer Barn Quilt Classes in Cowley County

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Check out these dates and times of upcoming barn quilt classes!

Summer 2016 Classes

Cowley County Tourism T-Shirts on Sale

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Shirt pic back Shirt picMany have asked about purchasing the Cowley County Tourism T-Shirt that Kerri and I often wear. So, we are offering for sale the Back Roads to Stone Bridges and Barn Quilt T-Shirts. We will take orders until June 1 with an expected delivery of June 22.

The shirt comes in a variety of colors and sizes including a youth option and a long sleeve option. Shirts are printed by Twin Rivers Developmental, right here in Cowley County, and are a 50/50 cotton/polyester blend. T-shirts are only $15 and long sleeve $20, with a slight increase for larger sizes.

We do have an order form and payment is to be made when order is placed. Cowley County Tourism Shirt Order Form

Order form and payment may be mailed to Cowley First, 22193 Tupper St, Winfield KS 67156. Any questions can be directed to Cowley First at 620-221-9951 or 442-3094 or email dfirebaugh@cowleycounty.org.

Active Shooter: Preparedness and Response

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The Active Shooter Presentation: Preparedness and Response was held on May 5 with over 200 attendees present to hear PSA Chuck Clanahan, Dept. of Homeland Security speak.

Below are numerous links and printable resources providing training and preparation.

DHS Active Shooter Booklet (Printable)

DHS Active Shooter Event Quick Reference Guide

DHS Active Shooter Pocket (Printable)

DHS Active Shooter Pocket Card

DHS Active Shooter Poster

 

Free Business Consulting Schedule for March/April

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Small Business Owners and Individuals wanting to start a business:

The Cowley College/Kansas Small Business Development Center will have a small business consultant at the locations and onKSBDC the dates listed below. If you would like to discuss issues concerning your existing business or starting a new business, our consulting services are free and confidential. To make an appointment call the Cowley-KSBDC at 620-412-3576. Please make an appointment at least two business days in advance.

Dates Time Location Registration
Mar. 21, 2016 10 AM-3 PM Cowley College-302 S 3rd St, Arkansas City- Webb-Brown, Room 106A Cowley KSBDC 620-412-3576
Mar. 23, 2016 10 AM-3 PM Cowley College-302 S 3rd St, Arkansas City- Webb-Brown, Room 106A Cowley KSBDC 620-412-3576
Mar. 31, 2016 10 AM-3 PM Cowley College-302 S 3rd St, Arkansas City- Webb-Brown, Room 106A Cowley KSBDC 620-412-3576
April 7, 2016 10 AM-3 PM Cowley College-302 S 3rd St, Arkansas City- Webb-Brown, Room 106A Cowley KSBDC 620-412-3576
April 15, 2016 10 AM-3 PM Cowley College-302 S 3rd St, Arkansas City- Webb-Brown, Room 106A Cowley KSBD C 620-412-3576

 

 

Understanding Financial Statements – Free Workshop in April!

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If you struggle with accounting/bookkeeping terminology, don’t understand how Profit and Loss statements, Balance Sheets and Cash Flow statements are interrelated, then you need to take this class! This workshop offers basic understanding of financial terms, how they are used, and how to read and understand what financial statements can tell you about your business. We will also discuss how you can access free assistance from the Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC).

The workshop is FREE and will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The workshop will be held at Cowley First-22193 Tupper St. in Winfield (Strother Field). Registration is required by March 31.

To register for this workshop call the Kansas Small Business Development Center at 620-412-3576 or email ksbdc@cowley.edu.

 

Inventory Control and Supply Chain Mgt. Class

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We are offering a new class to Cowley County as requested by local employers-Inventory Control and Supply Chain Management- on March 31st in Winfield at the Physicians Pavilion across from the hospital. Class will be from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Lunch is included.

We must have a minimum of 15 registered to hold this class. Max class size is 25. So please sign up by March 15.

Class is instructed by Wichita State Center for Management Development.

To attend this same class in Wichita is $395 but we are offering it for $225!

Attached is a flier or here is the link to a class outline at WSU CMD. Just remember that we are offering it here at reduced cost. http://www.cmd.wichita.edu/Courses/inventory-supply-chain-management-2/

Inventory Control Flier

Cowley County Job Fair

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Job Fair Flyer 2016

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Free Business Consulting Schedule for February/March

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Small Business Owners and Individuals wanting to start a business: KSBDC

The Cowley College/Kansas Small Business Development Center will have a small business consultant at the locations and on the dates listed below. If you would like to discuss issues concerning your existing business or starting a new business, our consulting services are free and confidential. To make an appointment call the Cowley-KSBDC at 620-412-3576. Please make an appointment at least two business days in advance.

Dates Time Location Registration
Feb. 10, 2016 10 AM-3 PM Cowley College-302 S 3rd St, Arkansas City- Webb-Brown, Room 106A Cowley KSBDC 620-412-3576
Feb. 18, 2016 10 AM-3 PM Cowley College-302 S 3rd St, Arkansas City- Webb-Brown, Room 106A Cowley KSBDC 620-412-3576
Feb. 29, 2016 10 AM-3 PM Cowley College-302 S 3rd St, Arkansas City- Webb-Brown, Room 106A Cowley KSBDC 620-412-3576
Mar. 21, 2016 10 AM-3 PM Cowley College-302 S 3rd St, Arkansas City- Webb-Brown, Room 106A Cowley KSBDC 620-412-3576
Mar. 23, 2016 10 AM-3 PM Cowley College-302 S 3rd St, Arkansas City- Webb-Brown, Room 106A Cowley KSBDC 620-412-3576

Starting a Business Workshop – Free Workshop Offered in March!

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If you are thinking of starting a small business, this workshop is a great place to begin. This workshop offers essential information about marketing, management, and money that will help you assess the feasibility of your idea and start writing your business plan. We will also discuss how you can access free assistance from the Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC).

The workshop is FREE and will be held on Monday, March 21, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The workshop will be held at Cowley First-22193 Tupper St. in Winfield. Registration is required by March 14.

To register for this workshop call the Kansas Small Business Development Center at 620-412-3576 or email ksbdc@cowley.edu.

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Barn Quilt Exhibit-Don’t Miss It

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Cowley County barn quilts will be well represented at the “Painted Quilts across the Flint Hills” exhibit which will be open to the public at The Great Overland Station, 701 N. Kansas Avenue, Topeka beginning January 29.

All twenty-two counties, including Cowley County, are represented in the exhibit which details the origins of the quilt trail, how to make a barn quilt and displays of the painted works of art. Included in the display are photographs of many of the 355 barn quilts along the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail.

Organized in part by Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail committee member Connie Larson, several months of planning and preparation led up to the creation of the exhibit. “The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail is grateful to The Great Overland Station for the opportunity to exhibit the art form of barn quilts and share the significance of the barn quilts promoting the rural pride of the Flint Hills.”

The Quilt Trail movement began in Ohio as a community tourism project of twenty barn quilts displayed along a self-guided driving tour. Quilt trails can now be found across the United States and Canada and attract visitors to rural communities.

The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail was formed in 2012 to promote tourism and rural pride throughout the 22 county region and is sponsored by the Kansas Flint Hills Tourism Coalition. Seeing a great opportunity to attract visitors to Cowley County, the Cowley County Tourism Alliance began to promote and grow the Cowley County leg of the trail, which now boasts over 100 barn quilts that are mapped and on display along public roadways across the county. A map and information on the Cowley County Barn Quilt Trail can be found at Visit.CowleyCounty.org or visit KsFlintHillsQuiltTrail.com to see the trail in its entirety. Continue Reading

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