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The Growing Rural Businesses Model is an eight-week certificate program customized for rural businesses. Launched in February 2012, GRB provides practical, applied information and examples necessary for rural communities in Kansas. WSU business professors and Center for Entrepreneurship staff conduct fall and spring 8-week entrepreneurial certificate programs. Since its launch Growing Rural Businesses has held classes in Dodge City, Greensburg, Thomas, Augusta, Clay Center, Marion, Hillsboro, Garnett, Phillips County, McPherson, and Scott City.  Over 160 businesses have been served through this program, including a variety of different industries: law offices, lumber yards, cafés, furniture manufacturers and retailers, auto repair businesses, greenhouses, grocery stores, glass repair and install companies, interior designers, physical therapy clinics, vet clinics, manufacturing and various others.

For more information, contact Nancy Kersenbrock, Assistant Director, WSU Center for Entrepreneurship at (316) 978-3000 or cfe@wichita.edu.



Cowley County

Cowley County Seminar Line-up

Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 pm
September 21st - November 16th
South Central Kansas Medical Center Community Room (Ark City Hospital)
6401 Patterson Parkway, Arkansas City, KS 67005
$250.00 for all 8 sessions
Save $50 with an Early Bird Discount when you register by Sept 1
For more information contact:
Kerri Falletti, CEcD
Cowley First- Cowley County Economic Development Partnership
P: 620-221-9951 - Winfield
P: 620-442-3094 - Arkansas City
Program Partners:
Cowley County - Community National Bank - RCB Bank - Union State Bank

El Dorado

El Dorado Seminar Line-up

Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 pm
September 7th - October 26th
El Dorado Civic Center
201 East Central, El Dorado, KS 67042
$250 for all 8 sessions
Save $50 with an Early Bird Discount when you register by Aug 25
For more information contact:
Contact coming soon

In the words of previous GRB participants

Growing Rural Businesses participants share the benefits this program has provided to them and the skills to further strengthen and sustain their rural businesses and communities.

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