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Business Appreciation Month Reception

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June is “Business Appreciation Month” across the State of Kansas.  Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development Partnership, Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce and Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce partnered to nominate outstanding businesses in Cowley County for consideration of the 2018 Kansas Business Appreciation Awards presented by the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Businesses were nominated in one of four categories: Manufacturing/Distribution, Service, Retail, Hospital/Non-Profit .

Consideration for a business to be nominated includes business expansion, successful employee retention and recruitment practices, capital investment in Kansas and support of local activities including education, community events, and economic development and leadership programs.

The following area businesses were nominated and will be honored at a June reception: Cowley CourierTraveler, Emerald Bank, John’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Shindigs Bar and Grill, Steamy Joe Coffee Shop.

The public and business community is invited to attend the reception recognizing our local businesses.  The Business Appreciation Month celebration will be held Thursday, June 7 at Wheat State Wine Co, 23622 Springhill Farm Dr., Winfield.

The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with award presentation at 5:00 p.m. RSVP is requested by June 4.  Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and wine and beer available to purchase by the glass.  Contact Cowley First at 442-3094 or 221-9951, or email if you plan to attend.

Apply Now For Destination BootCamp

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Destination BootCamp Application Form

Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development, Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to submit an application to be accepted into the Cowley County Community Reinvention Program.

Cowley County will be accepting and sending six business owners to Longmont, CO, to attend Destination BootCamp held September 11-13, 2018. Business owners must represent an existing Cowley County based business, generally retail or restaurant business or a business that generates consumer traffic that can feed off of other consumer-oriented businesses.  Business owners should also want to create proactive change in their business.

Jon Schallert’s Destination BootCamp is an intense 2.5 day training that teaches businesses a 14-step Destination Strategy to assess their current tactics, identify strengths, and apply new techniques to increase sales and profits. The goal of the workshop is to help entrepreneurs reinvent their business into Consumer Destinations.

Business owners from across the continent travel to Longmont to spend time with Jon and other business owners in a small group setting where they learn to transform their business. Jon has over 20 years of experience consulting thousands of independent owners in large cities and small, rural towns.

Cost for Destination BootCamp is normally $1,700 per attendee, BUT due to funding through NetWork Kansas, Cowley First and Cowley County E-Community program, local businesses have the opportunity to attend for FREE. Continue Reading

Facilities Management Luncheon

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Cowley County Facilities Management group will be meeting June 13, 2018 from 11:30 a.m.1:00 p.m. at the Winfield Chamber of Commerce, 123 E. 9th Ave. for a luncheon sponsored by Cowley First and GLMV Architecture.

Erin Kiser, Laura Heagler, and Jeff Petrick of GLMV Architecture will be presenting on 3-D Facility Management – Documenting Facilities in a 3-D Environment and Integrating Equipment and Maintenance Data.

Area employers are invited to send their facility managers to this free presentation and luncheon 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, June 11th to attend and should be directed to Deb Firebaugh at Cowley First via email or call (620) 221-9951 or (620) 442-3094.