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Rural Business Owners Work On Their Businesses—Not Just In Them

November 28, 2016                                                           

Reposted from the High Plains Journal 

Scott City, Kansas --- NetWork Kansas presented the Growing Rural Businesses entrepreneurial certificate program in Scott City this fall. Western Kansas-based entrepreneurs and small business owners from Scott City, Leoti and Dighton participated in the eight-week course in October and November. Wichita State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship developed the program, and WSU instructors and other experts taught the weekly seminars.

Katie Eisenhour, economic developer and executive director for Scott County Development Committee, Inc., said 22 entrepreneurs representing a variety of rural businesses in the area participated in the Scott City program. Some participants have only been in business for a couple of years or are still in the idea phase, and others were looking for ways to expand an existing business.

Belinda Oldham and Deb Case have been operating Prairie Flower Quilts in Leoti for about eight years. The quilt shop offers fabric, books, patterns, sewing notions, block-of-the-month programs, classes, Baby Lock A-Line sewing machines and machine-quilting services.

Case said Growing Rural Businesses organizers approached her and Oldham to see whether they would be interested in taking the course. “A year or two ago we took a business boot camp in Colorado and felt it was really beneficial. They really gave us some good ideas, and we thought this sounded like a good idea, too,” she said.

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About NetWork Kansas:
NetWork Kansas was established as a component of the Kansas Economic Growth Act of 2004 to further entrepreneurship and small business growth as a priority for economic and community development in the State of Kansas. Backed by more than 500 partners statewide, the NetWork Kansas service promotes an entrepreneurial environment by connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners with the expertise, education and economic resources they need in order to succeed.

NetWork Kansas facilitates the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem within participating communities through the E-Community Partnership. Contributing factors to successful development include availability of financial capital, support by local leadership and development of educational resources. All of these factors combine to increase entrepreneurial activity in participating towns, leading to increased startup activity, business expansion, job creation and more.

For more information about NetWork Kansas, visit, or call 877.521.8600