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Monthly Educational Webinars Available

K-State Research and Extension offers a free educational webinar every first Friday of the month with topics relevant to business and community development.

Nancy Daniels, Community Vitality Specialist with K-State Research and Extension, coordinates the First Friday webinars.

“The next two presenters have direct impact on community development,” Daniels said. Deb Brown from SaveYour.Town will be the featured presenter on February 1 and will discuss marketing your small town. Ben Winchester, Extension Educator with University of Minnesota, will discuss rewriting the rural narrative on March 1.

Previous webinars — including a wide range of topics such as cyber security, agritourism, e-commerce and more — are recorded and available online at To be added to the list to participate in upcoming calls, email

This article appeared in the January 2019 NCRPC Newsletter.

A New Look at Entrepreneurship

ELI Workshop

ELI Workshop

Several NCRPC staffers recently spent a day learning about the Entrepreneurial Mindset. The day provided a new look at what entrepreneurship means and how important the early phase of “searching” is to business development. The curriculum, the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, is being utilized at several community colleges and small business development centers in North America. Entrepreneurial thinking is a newish concept for education today in that entrepreneurs have a mindset allowing them to identify problems in their environment, to take action, to test possible solutions, and then ultimately to manifest something that will provide value for other people. To learn more, check out their website or read the book, “Who Owns the Ice House?” also available at the site and at many popular outlets.