Workshop-Are You a Hobby or Business…and Making the Transition

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Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development has scheduled a new workshop directed towards hobbyists, small business owners and those wanting to start a small business. The workshop will be held June 8, 2017 at Tisdale United Methodist Church, 17507 US Hwy 160 from 9:00 am. to 4:00 p.m. Cost for the workshop and lunch is only $10 payable at the class.

Many people have cottage businesses or what we sometimes think of as “a business on the side”. Maybe you have a passion for baking, refurnishing furniture, selling vegetables at the Farmer’s Market or grooming your friends’ pets. Whatever your talent or interest, you may have struggled with the idea of becoming a “legitimate” business.

This workshop is designed to help people make that leap of faith and take their talents and passions to the next level of starting a business. For some people the fear of not knowing what are the correct things to do in the eyes of the IRS and Kansas Department of Revenue stops them from hanging up the business sign and telling the world that they are open for business. For others they are quite content doing it as a hobby, but even hobbyists has taxing responsibilities when selling a product, which will also be covered at the workshop. Continue Reading

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Barn Quilt Classes April 14-15, 2017

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Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development will be presenting classes April 14 and April 15. Registration will be accepted until April 3, unless the class fills sooner, as space is limited. Anyone interested in attending a class or wanting to be made aware of future classes may contact Cowley First by calling (620) 221-9951 or (620) 442-3094 or email dfirebaugh@cowleycounty.org.

Classes will be held Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15 at Tisdale Methodist Church, 8 miles east of Winfield at 17507 US Hwy 160. Attendees may choose to make a 2 foot, 4 foot, 6 foot or an 8 foot barn quilt. 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

Exciting Year Ahead for Cowley First

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Cowley First, a county-wide economic development partnership of Cowley County, City of Arkansas City, City of Winfield and public-private businesses, has been providing business and community assistance for the past twelve years out of their Strother Field office.

2017 looks to be a particularly exciting and productive year for Cowley First. Cowley First Advisory Committee and Cowley First Business Partners worked diligently to identify priorities to support businesses and grow Cowley County throughout the new year.

Three focuses identified for 2017 are to increase community vitality, business education and job opportunities for county residents.

Internships and work experience for youth and young adults has been on the radar for quite some time, but the urgency to truly meet these needs has been a main topic of conversation as of late. With new department of education requirements through individual plans of study, educators and students need career exploration opportunities. Continue Reading

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