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Discover Cowley County Treasure Hunt

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2016 Treasure Hunt Clues

The Cowley County Tourism Alliance kicked off the 7th annual Discover Cowley County Treasure Hunt on June 21 and will continue through September 11.  This is a unique summer event that highlights quirky sites, historical stops and local favorites.  Treasure hunters seek out ten locations across Cowley County, which can be completed in a weekend or found throughout the summer.

Individuals interested in participating may pick up clues and a treasure hunt photo album at the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce – 123 E. 9th Avenue, the Arkansas City Chamber of Commerce – 106 S. Summit, Udall City Hall, Winfield Public Library, Arkansas City Library, Burden City Hall, or Grouse Valley Grill in Dexter.  Included with the album is a certificate from Walgreen’s in Ark City to print your treasure hunt pictures. Clues and GPS coordinates can be printed by clicking on the 2016 Treasure Hunt Clues at the beginning of this post.

To find the treasures, participants decipher the clue or find the location using the GPS coordinates that are provided. However, if you have trouble figuring the clue or don’t have access to a GPS or computer, the tourism officials at the Winfield or Ark City chamber would be happy to assist you. Once the clue is deciphered, participants will travel to the site of the treasure and take a selfie or a photo of your fellow travelers at the location.  The site should be clearly identified in the picture.

Participants are not required to visit all ten stops, but those that do find all ten treasures are asked to stop by the Arkansas City or Winfield Chamber of Commerce by September 9 to be entered into a drawing for a gift basket filled with local goodies and gift certificates. To enter the drawing bring your printed photos or show the tourism officials the photos on your phone or mobile device.

Stone Arch Bridge maps and Barn Quilt maps are also available at the chambers and online; a great addition to your treasure hunt drive.

If you have any questions regarding the Discover Cowley County Treasure Hunt, need more information contact at the Winfield or Ark City Chamber or Cowley First.

Understanding Financial Statements Workshop! Workshop Offered

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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) as hosted by Cowley College.

The workshop is FREE and will be held on Thursday, July 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 June 30.

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

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the Kansas Small Business Development Center at 620-412-3576.

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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

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