Kansas Sampler Foundation
  02.22.16
 We Kan! Tidbits
  from the Kansas Sampler Foundation & the We Kan! Network

Hey Ottawa County, your rural is showing! 
(It's so good)
Why You Should Wait Five Minutes Before You React 
 


An anonymous donor will match up to $5,000.  We are at $2,000. 

In other words, your donation is doubled!

Thanks so far to these
BRB SPONSORS
  
 
Simone Elder, Leoti, $50
 
Heritage Real Estate Group, Lidia Hook-Gray, Liberal, $200

 
Jeannie Johnson, Olsburg, $100 
 
Nancy Pickard,
Prairie Village, $200
 
Project Central,
Shari Wilson, Kansas City, $100
 
 
Rebecca Snell, Wichita, $100 
 
Southern Kansas Telephone, Clearwater, $150
 
 
TCT- Rural Broadband,
Council Grove, $200
 
Joe Thomas, $50 
 
Allison Thon, Sharon Springs, $100
 
R.J. Wilson, Shawnee, $100 
   
  
BIG RURAL BRAINSTORM 
Monday, March 7, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Meridian Event Center, Newton   $50

The theme is civic engagement but that's just a gentle way of saying we're going to talk ourselves into action steps. The BRB is an "unconference" so everyone who attends is asked to be part of solution-making, whether that means asking good questions or offering seeds of ideas.  There will be no finger-pointing or complaining here.  It's about moving forward and looking at the issues in a way that leads to positive action.  Who knows, maybe you'll leave the BRB ready to run for office.   Read more. 
 
 
REGISTER HERE 
30 slots left.
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See who is coming.  

Share BRB info at kansassampler.org
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LODGING:  The Holiday Inn Express is next to the Meridian Event Center.  Call by February 24 to get the BRB rate of $97 + tax.  Call 316.804.7040 and tell them you're with the BRB.

LOOKING FOR AN OWNER

JITTERS, Concordia
 
Not just any owner will do.  A personable owner who wants to make a difference in a rural community through coffee shop ownership is who they are looking for! If you would like to be the proprietor(s) of a successful, stable, and exciting business opportunity please contact Drew or Corinna Mahin. They are also open to hiring a manager immediately.  Read more.  Go to Jitters timeline to message your interest.



KANSAS SAMPLER FESTIVAL, May 7-8, Island Park, Winfield

More than 270 exhibitors will represent 142 Kansas communities at the 27th annual event designed to provide the public a sample of what there is to see, do, hear, taste, buy, and learn (and sip) in Kansas! 
kansassamplerfestival.com


KANSAS ROAD FESTIVAL MEETING, Tuesday, April 12, Kansas Sampler Center, Inman.  Save the date for helping plan the next step after the Kansas Sampler Festival ends in 2017.  We'll have a sign-up form later.

TIDBITS

BARN WEDDING SHOWCASE, Sun., Mar. 6, 12-4, Pioneer Bluffs, Matfield Green. 
Read more. 

WATER, ENERGY, LAND, and FOOD FORUM at the Capitol, Topeka, March 17.  Sponsored by Kansas Rural Center.  Read more.


 
SUBMIT YOUR FAVORITE SMALL TOWN.  Kansas! Magazine has a contest.  Submit between now and March 14.  Then the finalists will be voted for online.  The winners will be featured in the winter issue of Kansas! Magazine.  Read more.
 

IDEAS
 
MAYBE YOU COULD ADAPT THIS ENTREPRENEURIAL SUPPORT EFFORT FOR YOUR TOWN.

1 MILLION CUPS is an organic support program for entrepreneurs.  Designed by the Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, it's basically an open format that gives entrepreneurs a place to tell about their business and find support. 
Read more about the chapter in Wichita.  Read the About page.