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2016

Organized and funded six businesses to attend Destination Boot Camp
Organized and funded the Community Reinvention Program attended by almost 50 local business people
Organized and funded a weekly Destination University training webinar
Organized and funded the first annual Young Entrepreneur Challenge
Supported three business people in Economic Gardening program
Organized and funded three 3-hour business booster classes: How to Use Your Accounting Data; Making Decisions in Complex Situations; and Search Engine Optimization
Organized and funded a four-part website development class
Assisted preparations for the 2016 Rotary Career Day
Organized E-Awards program
Coordinated meeting with welding industry and teacher
Conducted workforce survey
Developing a software program to connect alumni with career and business opportunities
Hosted meetings with Dr. Trewyn; Kansas Department of Commerce; and conference call with NBAF related industry leaders to promote local assets
Completed one RFI (Request for Information)
Promoted Clay Center’s assets on the NBAF website
Updated recruitment brochure
Interviewed marketing/website development companies
Organized downtown development plan with KSU Urban Design class
Participated in Flint Hill’s Regional Council’s Impacts of Fort Riley Reductions study

2015

Hosted Growing Rural Businesses workshops for 21 people representing 18 businesses
Organized the Business Booster Series of workshops
Coordinated coaching program for growth and transition businesses
Developed e-awards program for entrepreneur-of-the-year, young entrepreneur, social entrepreneur, and entrepreneurial employee
Developed a Young Entrepreneur Fair to be held March 17, 2016.
Provided programs on entrepreneurship at the chamber coffee, Lions Club, High School Ag Business class
Lead two “skills in the workplace” trainings held for a local employer with 16 participants.
Assisted Clay Center Planning and Zoning with their comprehensive plan goals and zoning sections.
Assisted area businesses on marketing through the Kansas Travel website
Assisted hospital and county health with a community needs assessment survey.
Assisted in organizing and developing the Guest Tax Committee
Interviewed for Eagle Communication program: http://www.eaglecomtv.net/category/programs/clay-center-now/
Submitted application for E-Community tax credits, were award $50,000 in tax credits providing $66,667 in funding for Network Kansas board certified programs to develop entrepreneurship
Developing a local entrepreneur training program, overcoming barriers: money, time, knowledge, idea, habits, and fear
Assisted in the development of the west side sewer extension
Assisted NCRPC with cost benefit analysis for CTI project.
Attended the NBAF summit

2014

Provided individualized business assistance for growth and transition businesses
Manned a booth at the high school Career Day
Conducted recruitment mailing to non-local alumni and at local alumni celebrations
Organized and facilitated Entrepreneurial Course
Created, printed and distributed new Citizen’s Guides
Conducted survey of local businesses to determine current workforce development needs
Implemented new Workforce Development program to provide local training opportunities
Promoted the ROZ program to local businesses
Awarded E-Community designation
Accepted into the Four Rivers NCKBDF Revolving Loan Fund
Submitted three applications for the FHLB Four State Competition
Assisted Clay Center Planning & Zoning Committee in revising goals and zoning ordinance
Survey high school students related to their occupational plans, business plans, and location preferences
Completed a Request for Information for manufacturing recruitment 
Assisted with many individual business needs such as referrals, business plan assistance,
technical writing, transitioning, training opportunities, financing and site location
Organized travel and tourism strategic planning meeting and networking group 
Applied for and received grant funding for travel and tourism planning meeting
Recruited Transient Guest Tax committee members
Secured funding and promoted the “Growing Rural Businesses” program for Spring 2015
Organized NCRPC presentation on funding opportunities
Assisted in Smart Rural Community application
Redesigned the E-Community brochure
Conducted west-side development study
Facilitated sewer extension
Attended Rural Opportunity Conference
Attend Flint Hills Frontier planning meetings
Convened welding training program meetings
Gave presentations to: Chamber Coffee; Lions; City Council; Pilot's Club; FFA officers; County Commissioners

2013

Attended Flint Hills Frontiers strategic planning meeting
Clay Center Council approval of Airport Industrial Park lease
Developed industrial park policy including price reduction based on job creation and capital investment
Developed website for site consultants and business owners/managers
Hosted presentation by Deb Peters, NCRPC, on business services and loan packaging
Dollar General in Wakefield
Supported investment in the North Central Regional Planning Commission Revolving Loan Fund
Participated in Leaders Retreat, strategic planning session including Manhattan, Wamego, and Junction City
Assisted Longford in housing grant application
Hosted workforce development presentation
Hosted Network Kansas E-Community presentation
Completed E-Community application
Attended Economic Gardening Conference
Received KPP grant to help fund the Clay County brochure
Completed the Clay County Brochure
Promoted the 4-state competition program
Completed two RFI’s (Request for Information)
Assisted Clay Center’s Community of Distinction video project
Assisted in developing a business scoring matrix
Toured KSU Research Foundation and Technology Transfer Center
Promoted the Rural Opportunity Zone (ROZ) to over 400 Clay Center alumni
Promoted the Rural Opportunity Zone to local employers as an employee recruitment tool
Hosted presentation on Plum Island and recruitment opportunities
Developed networking opportunities with the Animal Health Corridor
E-Team (Entrepreneurship) developed vision and mission statements
Toured KSU Bio-security Research Institute (BRI)
Surveyed 102 local high school students on potential entrepreneurial projects they would be interested in
Received possession of the industrial park from the city
Assisted in Longford housing grant application
Promoted housing grant opportunity to the City of Clay Center
Assisted in the Community of Distinction Video shot
Host the “Strategies to Recruit Alumni and Young Families” webinar series
Investigated the opportunity to provide KansasWorks BEST workforce training
Clay County was accepted into the North Central Regional Planning Commission Revolving Loan Fund
Provided financial assistance for one business transfer
Clay County was accepted into the E-Community program

2012
Hosted Marketing assessment Workshop
Redesigned the grant program
Redesigned the loan program
Hosted Transition Workshop
Hosted Money, Marketing, & Management Workshop
Hosted Business Plan Workshop
Hosted Cash Flow Made Easy Workshop
Hosted Facebook Business Page Work-shop
Hosted Facebook Marketing Workshop
Hosted Selling on Facebook Workshop
Hosted Making Sense of Financial Statements Workshop
Developed a Mentoring Program for business owners
Conducted a Training needs survey
Hosted a site consultant visit
Arranged a labor study
Increased buildings and sites listed with locationone.com
Completed a recruitment Request for Information
Building Facebook page
Recovered billboard
Hosted a booth at the Fort Riley job fair
Hosted a booth at Piotique
Assisted Longford with a housing survey
Assisted many individuals with their business needs

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