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Click here to learn about all there is to do and see in Cowley County.

Click here to learn about all there is to do and see in Cowley County.

Back Road Dining Promo

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Back Road Dining Flyer

Back Road Dining in Cowley County

Cowley County has many fantastic dining options to choose from, but they are often overlooked. To highlight some of the dining options in the county, Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development has teamed up with five restaurants in Cowley County for a fun summer promotion; “Back Road Dining in Cowley County”.

Beginning July 16, punch cards will be available at each of the five participating restaurants. The promotion will conclude October 16 with a random drawing for a $25 dining gift certificate. Those wishing to participate in the Back Road Dining promotion are asked to dine at all five participating restaurants where they can receive a punch card. After eating at all five establishments their completed card will be entered into a free drawing. You may complete the Back Road Dining circuit more than once.

The Back Road restaurants are excited to be kicking off the summer promotion and welcome you to their dining establishments. All known for home-style cooking and crowd-pleasing favorites, a large variety of amazing food awaits you. Continue Reading

FREE Retailer’s Sales Tax Workshop will be offered at Strother Field

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Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development will be hosting two free business and contractor’s tax workshops on August 4th. The guest speaker will address topics benefiting local businesses, large and small.

Carl York, Kansas Department of Revenue Tax Specialist- as part of the Taxpayer Education Unit, will present on two topics regarding business taxes. On Thursday, August 4 from 10:00 a.m. to noon, Carl will address sales tax issues for contractors. This workshop is devoted exclusively to sales tax issues for contractors and subcontractors (i.e., those who provide plumbing, carpentry, electrical, roofing, heating/air conditioning, landscaping, etc.). Topics will include how sales tax applies to materials and labor, the use of Project Exemption Certificates, and explain the process of filing sales tax returns and billing.

Carl will present a second session from 1:00 p.m.to 5:00 p.m. on retail sales taxes. This workshop explains the differences between Kansas retailers’ sales tax, Kansas retailers’ compensating use tax, and Kansas consumers’ compensating use tax. You will gain a basic understanding of the goods and services subject to sales tax and applicable exemptions. Carl will help you determine if you are liable for sales tax on the goods and services you sell, and what forms you need to file. This workshop is geared towards businesses and hobbyists that sell a product or service.

Workshops will be held at Cowley First offices in the Strother Field Airport Terminal Building, 22193 Tupper St. To register for a free workshop or for more information call Cowley First at (620) 442-3094 or (620) 221-9951 or email cowleyfirst@cowleycounty.org. Space is limited and registration is required by August 2nd.

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Discover Cowley County Treasure Hunt

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Click here to see or print the 2016 Treasure Hunt Clues.

Need extra help? Here is Google map of the locations by Clue #s. But don’t peek if you want to decipher by clues only.

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 or need more information, contact at the Winfield or Ark City Chamber or Cowley First.

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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