Creating a Marketplace of Ideas for Rural Kansas

Most Kansas rural communities have something in common. They often have a shortage of jobs and lack young people moving into the area. Also, rural community residents and leaders sometimes think the answer to reviving main street is recruiting big business. But industry comes and goes, and it's not uncommon for a recruited business to abandon a community, leaving individuals jobless and the town in despair.
Growth and prosperity for rural Kansas depends on entrepreneurship and microenterprise. Most of the new jobs created in rural America in the past decade have come from the creative efforts of entrepreneurs and small business.

To help Kansans take control of their own destiny, create businesses and build jobs, the Center for Rural Affairs along with the Kansas Department of Commerce Rural Development Division is hosting the first ever Kansas MarketPlace, a premier rural small business and entrepreneurship event.

The MarketPlace conference is a two-day event focused on strengthening small businesses and rural communities. Participants will learn essential business skills, discover new ideas for businesses and communities, and network with service providers and other entrepreneurs. Attendees are guaranteed to come away from MarketPlace equipped with strategies on how to grow or start their own business.

The event takes place on Monday November 9, and Tuesday November 10, 2009 at the Ramada Hays Convention Center in Hays, Kansas. Educational tracks include sessions on marketing, agriculture, business development, policy, community development, and technology.

For more information visit www.cfra.org/marketplace/home or contact Joy Marshall, joym@cfra.org or 402.614.5558.

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