2018 Cowley County Job Fair

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The Cowley County Job fair is rapidly approaching. The annual event will be held at the Cowley College Brown Center-Wright Room, 215 S 2nd Street, on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

With 21 local businesses offering a wide variety of positions including manufacturing, law enforcement, maintenance, construction and a broad range of jobs in the medical field, employers will be meeting with job seekers and accepting resumes and applications at the event.

Businesses include: Arkansas City Police Department, City of Arkansas City, Conco Construction, Cowley County Sheriff’s Office, Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, Easter Seals Capper Foundation, Express Employment, Four County Mental Health, Galaxy Technologies, Jet AirWerks, KSOK Radio, Kansas Department of Corrections/Winfield Correctional Facility, Mosaic, RCB Bank, Silgand (formerly WestRock), South Central Kansas Medical Center, SouthWind ResCare, The Arnold Group, Twin Rivers Developmental, USD 465, USD 470, William Newton Hospital and Western Industries. Continue Reading

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Cowley County Childcare Survey

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Do you have dependents? If so, please take a few minutes to complete this survey of 14 quick questions at the link below!

A coalition of volunteers are interested in improving early childhood learning outcomes for all children in Cowley County, and is gathering information about the current childcare needs. The results of this survey will help us determine the feasibility of the local need for childcare facilities, as well as determine areas of concern that may need to be addressed in access to childcare. Thank you in advance for your feedback!

Cowley County Childcare Survey

 

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RISE Cowley Bike Rack Design Contest

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RISE Cowley is sponsoring “Bike Rack Design Contest” for youth in Cowley County, ages 5 – 18 (and their families). If your design is selected, they’ll pay to have it built and installed! Suggested size is between 6 – 8 feet long and suitable to secure at least 4 – 6 bikes.

Here’s the link to the contest details and entry form: Bike rack design contest form.

Good luck!

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KDOL Understanding Regulations Workshop-FREE

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KDOL Understanding Regulations

Kansas Department of Labor is partnering with Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development to present a free workshop “Understanding Regulations” in Cowley County.

KDOL Understanding Regulations an overview of the Kansas unemployment tax requirements including the following; Unemployment Insurance (UI) Tax Liabilities, Process to Apply for a Unemployment Insurance Tax Account, Steps for Filing Tax Returns, New Hire Information, State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES and SIDES E-Response), and to clarify the difference in classifying a worker as an employee or an Independent Contractor. Continue Reading

Facility Management Luncheon

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Facility Management Luncheon

Could You Survive a Disaster Power Point Presentation

Business Continuity Plan Template

January 24, 2018

Physicians Pavilion Basement, 1230 E. 6th Ave, Winfield

Cowley County Facilities Managers group will be meeting January 24, 2018 in Winfield for a luncheon and presentation by Brian Stone, Cowley County Emergency Management.

Area employers are invited to send their facility managers to this free presentation and luncheon, sponsored by Columbia Elevators and Cowley First, for the opportunity to network with others employed in the same field of work.

The luncheon is an effort by Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development and Mahaney Roofing to grow a Facility Managers network in Cowley County to provide support to local facilities mangers and planners as well as maintenance technicians. The Cowley County Facilities Management Network gathers over lunch on a quarterly basis and invites speakers to present a topic that aligns with on one of the eleven core competencies of facilities management.

RSVP is required by noon, January 22nd to attend and should be directed to Deb Firebaugh at Cowley First via email dfirebaugh@cowleycounty.org or call (620) 221-9951 or (620) 442-3094.

Supervisor Skills Training Workshop

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Improving Supervisor Skills

April 5, 2018

Physician’s Pavilion Basement. 1230 E. 6th Ave, Winfield

Supervisor Skills Outline

Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development Partnership is hosting the ever popular ‘Improving Supervisor Skills’ class. This is another way that Cowley First strives to support careers and foster workforce development.

The Improving Supervisory Skills seminar will be presented by Wichita State Center for Management Development in Winfield on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

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, WSU CMD classes held in Cowley County are offered at a greatly reduced cost. Supervisor Skills rate is only $150 compared to the campus rate of $249 per day, so a huge savings for local employers. Registration is being handled by Cowley First with a deadline date of March 27, unless the class fills sooner. Continue Reading

2018 Cowley County Job Fair Announced

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Cowley County Job Fair

Feb 22, 2018; 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Cowley College Wright Room, 215 S 2nd St, Ark City

Cowley First will be hosting the annual Cowley County Job Fair on February 22, 2018 at Cowley College Brown Center’s Wright Room, 215 S. 2nd Street. Job seekers may meet with local employers from 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Cowley First is currently registering businesses for booth space.  Cost for a business to participate is only $50.

Cowley County employers who are interested in attending or have questions may contact Kerri or Deb at Cowley First at (620) 221-9951 or 442-3094.  Due to advertising deadlines employers are asked sign up by January 31 to participate, but Cowley First will take booth registration until space is filled.

FREE Affordable Care Act Presentation

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December 1, 2017
Cowley College Wright Room
1:00 – 2:30 pm

A FREE Affordable Care Act Presentation will be hosted by Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., December 1, 2017 at Cowley College Wright Room, 215 S. 2nd, Arkansas City. The presentation is geared towards employers, business owners, human resource managers, CPA’s and attorneys but anyone can attend. Continue Reading

Barn Quilt Kits and T-Shirts for Sale

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Just in time for the holidays, Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development is offering 2 foot barn quilt kits for sale. Kits include a primed barn quilt board, brushes, a selection of paints, and a pattern of your choice or provide your own. Kits cost $40 and can be reserved by calling Cowley First at (620) 221-9951 or 442-3094.
Cowley First is also taking orders for Cowley County Stone Arch Bridge and Barn Quilt t-shirts until November 28 and will be delivered mid-December. Pictures of the shirt design and color choices are available online at www.cowleyfirst.com. T-shirts are priced at $15 with a long sleeve option for $20.
“With the holidays just around the corner, we have received many requests to paint a barn quilt to give as gifts. Since calendars are too hectic this time of year to host a barn quilt class, we are offering the next best thing; barn quilt kits,” said Deb Firebaugh, Cowley First Assistant. “Since we have a limited number available we encourage everyone to call ahead of time and we will hold your kit and schedule a time for you to pick it up so we can go over the painting process and choose paints and patterns.”
In its fourth year as a tourism attraction in the county, the barn quilt trail now boasts over 160 barn quilts across Cowley County. Maps of their locations can be downloaded at www.cowleycounty.org/barn-quilt-trail along with maps of the stone arch bridges.
Shirt Order Forms

Ask a Business Expert Event Planned

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Whether you are starting a business or are already operating a business, questions seem to arise on a regular basis. Yet spare time to track down the answers is not easy to come by. Cowley First hopes to get your business questions answered in an easy and effective way by hosting an “Ask a Business Expert” night. This come-and-go event will be hosted in both Winfield and Arkansas City with business experts available to meet with you one-on-one. Free business advice and access to free resources will be the focus of the evening.
Local experts in lending, financing and banking issues along with experts in commercial business insurance, legal advisors and retirement planners will all be on hand to meet with you. In addition, businesses can seek free help on business plan development and cash flow projection templates.
Cowley First will have information on E-Community loan funds and also how to utilize the Cowley-Works website and Facebook page to post job openings for free. The E-Community Loan fund is a locally-controlled loan program that provides seed capital for new business startup or the expansion or restructuring of an existing business. E-Community loans are an attractive option to business owners as they offer flexible terms and match loans from other lending sources.
“Ask a Business Expert” will be held in Winfield, September 11, at Winfield Senior Center-Baden Square, 700 N Gary Street from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. The second location is Arkansas City, September 12, at Cowley College Wright Room, 211 2nd Street from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
All information and discussion is strictly confidential. All questions are asked in a one-on-one setting. No pre-registration is required to attend, but for additional information prior to the event contact Cowley First at (620) 221-9951 or (620) 442-3094 or email cowleyfirst@cowleycounty.org.

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