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Growing Rural Business Series in Cowley County – Register Now

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Wichita State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, in partnership with Cowley First-Cowley County GRB CC logoEconomic Development and the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, is pleased to announce the entrepreneurial certificate program “Growing Rural Businesses” will be offered in Cowley County beginning in September. This 8-week course is custom-made to meet the needs of existing rural business owners who are ready to grow.

Taught by faculty from Wichita State University who are experts in running businesses, this program provides hands-on, practical solutions and techniques to grow and modernize business ventures while living in a rural setting. Insights and learning tools include small group exercises, case studies, and interactive discussions with peers, facilitators, and industry experts. This popular course is offered only a handful of times per year on a competitive basis. More than 140 Kansas businesses across a variety of trades have benefited from this instruction.

“This program was life changing for me and my business. After each class I would take information back to my business and apply it the very next day,” said Renee Langvardt, Total Addiction & Java Junkies, Clay Center, KS.

All sessions are held from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on Thursday nights from September 21-November 16 with the exception of October 26. The program fee is $250 per person but save $50 with the Early Bird Registration Discount by registering before September 1.  Due to sponsorships from Community National Bank, RCB Bank and Union State Bank, scholarships are available for Cowley County participants through Cowley First.

“One of the benefits of Cowley County being part of the E-Community network is the opportunity to bring educational resources to our local business, such as the ‘Growing Rural Business’ series,” said Kerri Falletti, Cowley First Director. “We are looking forward to bringing this exceptional business series to our local businesses and hosting experts in their field to instruct the classes such as local favorite, Dr. Don Hackett.”

For more information contact Kerri Falletti or Deb Firebaugh, Cowley First at (620) 221-9951 or (620) 442-3094 or email dfirebaugh@cowleycounty.org.

To register for the Growing Rural Businesses Entrepreneurial Certificate Program online, visit www.Wichita.edu/GRB.

“Growing Rural Businesses” Sessions

  • Entrepreneurial Mindset for Small Businesses-Sept 21
  • Customer Discovery: The Roadmap to a Successful Marketing Plan-Sept 28
  • Social Media and Search Engine Optimization-October 5
  • Creating Value for Your Customers-October 12
  • Basic Sales Techniques and Practices for Selling-October 19
  • Practical Legal Issues-November 2
  • Keeping a Financial Focus-November 9
  • Bringing it All Together: Developing an Effective Niche Strategy-November 16

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