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Doniphan County Resident Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitator Meet Teresa McAnerney, a Wathena resident that serves as the Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitator for The Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitation (NEKEF). The NEKEF is a nonprofit organization which offers free and confidential business coaching in Northeast Kansas. They are a group of over sixty volunteers from five counties who care passionately about the success and sustainability of our rural Northeast Kansas region. The Facilitation Board was formed in order to assist our rural entrepreneurs in creating or maintaining their small business ventures. Each member of the Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitation Board understands his or her role and duties because each has received board training, prior to joining the Board. A select number of the initial board also received more intensive training to further assist in project implementation. This training included how to effectively work with entrepreneurs, how to create an entrepreneurial environment, how to leverage various resources for entrepreneurs and how to properly support the Enterprise Facilitator. As time goes on, the board continues to recruit and train new members. The NEKEF Board usually meets once a month. During the meetings, the Facilitator will ask the board for assistance with specific issues facing clients. The Board spends an hour brainstorming resources and possibilities so that each issue can be successfully resolved by the client. The board also monitors the progress of the project through monthly reports from the Facilitator on client activities, including the number of new or expanded businesses, and new or retained jobs. Once a year the Board conducts random client surveys to assess the project. If you are thinking of starting a business, need assistance or want to just learn more about NEKEF, call Teresa at (785) 364-0583, or email tm@nekef.org

Volume 2 Issue 2 February 2012 For more information on the Doniphan County Chamber of Commerce contact: Craig Mosher President 785-442-6000 cmosher@highlandcc.edu

Links Doniphan County Website dpcountyks.com

Libraries Aren’t Just Books Anymore Doniphan County Library District #1 has made great progress in the last few years. Big things have happened in the last 37 years since a small group of ladies belonging to SLK (Seekers of Light and Knowledge) had a dream. In 1974 these ladies began to work at establishing a public library for everyone in Doniphan County. The issue went to a vote and passed officially in 1975. Since that time, the library has been growing and striving to meet the needs of the people of Doniphan County by not only providing a wide selection of books, but other materials as well. Visit their website at www.librarydistrict1.org to look at all of the resources and services offered. In order to make some much needed improvements, the Library Board is asking for help with the Doniphan County Library District #1 Central Library Improvement Project. Your tax dollars are used for the everyday cost of running the Library but aren't sufficient enough to pay for renovation projects without raising taxes. The Library Board is not willing to raise your taxes to acquire this money. The projected Goals are as follows: Phase 1: $200,00 by January 1, 2012 -New children’s room with heating/cooling and ADA family restroom, fire safety systems and exits. Phase 2: $100,000 by March 1, 2012-Adult and genealogy area, storage room and back exit hall, front lobby, fiction room, director’s office, improved restroom. Phase 3: $200,000Public meeting rooms, kitchenette, staff workroom, HVAC front of building, entrances and vestibule, doors/ windows and remaining MEP improvements. The Library appreciates donations of all amounts. Your donation can be given directly to the

Library District #1 Doniphan County or you may call 785-985-2597 for more information. All donations are tax deductible and a receipt is available upon request.

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Inside this issue Enterprise Faciliation

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Library Project

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Executive Board

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Grant Program

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NEKCRED

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Upcoming Events

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Back to Health

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Featured Members

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Livestock Workshop

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Doniphan County Chamber of Commerce

2012 Chamber of Commerce Executive Board Members

Lawrence Mays Executive Director

Craig Mosher President, Highland

Joel Euler Troy and Wathena

George Jorgenson Troy

Paul Rohde Troy and Wathena

Pam Ryser Wathena

Theresa Rohrer Wathena

Dan Means Elwood

Joyce Simpson Wathena

Terry Horner Troy

Rob Randall Doniphan West

Jessica Studer Wathena

Susan Goodwin Elwood

Mike Murphy Elwood

Marty Allen Highland

As your voice, the voice of business, the Chamber represents our members. Our commitment is to advocate for favorable policies and legislation on important issues that affect you and your business. The Chamber is committed to fostering an environment where economic development projects are encouraged and supported and a positive climate for local businesses to grow. A strong business community is a catalyst to a dynamic area in which to live and work. If you have not mailed in your membership dues for 2012 we encourage you do to so today. The Chamber would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your support and your commitment to the regional business environment. 2


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State Trade and Export Promotion Grant Program The state of Kansas has been awarded funds for the Small Business Administration’s State Trade and Export Promotion Grant (STEP). These funds are available for export-related activities which are likely to lead to export sales within the next 12 months. Kansas has been award $505,000 for 20112012. Kansas companies, agribusinesses and agricultural producers can apply for financial assistance and technical support through the Kansas Department of Commerce. Funding can be approved for the following types of activities: *Designing/translating marketing products and campaigns *Support for trade show exhibits *Training in various areas of exporting *Assistance to participate in foreign trade missions

*Assistance for foreign market sales trips *Subscription fees for services provide by the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S.D.A. The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Department of Agriculture will provide a 3:1 match to qualified and approved companies under the STEP program. Application forms and additional information can be found at: KansasCommerce.com/trade and www.KSDA.gov/marketing For questions on the program, please contact: Nathalie Scharf, Kansas Dept. of Commerce, 9913-345-8072, or by email at nscharf@kansascommerce.com or J.J. Jones, Kansas Dept. of Agriculture, 785-296-3737 or by email at jj.jones@kds.ks.gov

Doniphan County Hosts Northeast Coalition for Regional Economic Development (NEKCRED) Meeting The monthly NEKCRED meeting was held at the Home Place Restaurant in Troy on January 10th. If you are not familiar with NEKCRED, it is a board made up of individuals from Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Jackson, Jefferson, Marshall, Nemaha, Osage and Wabaunsee Counties. The Mission Statement of the Northeast Kansas Coalition for Regional

Economic Development is: To identify, coordinate and implement regional development efforts that will strengthen the economy of Northeast Kansas. Each month the board meets for lunch at a business in the different counties in order to develop new and better ways to meet the economical needs of the businesses within their counties.

L-R- Lawrence Mays, Lyle Peterson, Linda Honeyman, Teresa McAnerney, Stephanie Watson, Stefanie Leif, John Watson, Nancy Gafford, Gary Satter

Upcoming Meetings and Events NEK Enterprise Facilitation - Feb. 2, 2012, 6:00 p.m. Leona City Council Meeting - Feb. 2, 2012, 7:00 p.m. Big Rural Brainstorm - Feb. 3 & 4, 2012 in Newton, KS Wathena City Council Meetings - Feb. 6 & 21, 2012, 7:00 p.m. Commissioner’s Meetings - Feb. 6, 13, 21, 27, 2012, 8:30 a.m. White Cloud City County - Feb. 6, 6:00 p.m. Elwood City Council Meetings - Feb. 6 & 21, 2012, 6:30 p.m. Troy City Council Meetings - Feb. 7 & 21, 2012, 6:30 p.m. Troy Pride Meeting - Feb. 7, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Glacial Hills RC&D Meeting - Feb. 8, 2012, 1:00 p.m. KEDA Legislative Day - Feb. 9, 2012, 8:00 a.m. Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage - Feb. 9, 2012, 10:30 a.m. Highland Pride Meeting - Feb. 11, 2012, 9:00 a.m.

Highland Pride Meeting - Feb. 11, 2012, 9:00 a.m. Mo-Kan Development Board Meeting - Feb. 13, 2012, 4:30 p.m. NECKRED - Feb. 14, 2012, 1:00 p.m. WRAPS Livestock & Waste Management Workshop - Feb. 16, 2012, 10:00 a.m. Chamber Executive Board Meeting - Feb. 17, 12:00 p.m. Heritage Commission Meeting - Feb. 22, 10:00 a.m. WRAPS Meeting - Feb. 23, 2012, 10:00 a.m. Historical Society Meeting - Feb. 23, 7:00 p.m., Elwood Sr. Center Mo-Kan Regional Council Board Meeting - Feb. 27, 2012, 4:30 p.m. *Contact the Chamber Office to find out which meetings are open to the public

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Valentine’s Day Massage Special

Livestock and Waste Management Workshop

Back to Health, located at 324 St. Joseph Street in Wathena, is having a Valentine’s Day Massage Special. You can get two 1-hour Massages for $80.00. This would make a great gift for your special someone. For more information or to make an appointment, contact them at 785-989-4644. RELAX & UNWIND

Sponsored by Missouri River WRAPS, Brown County Extension, Glacial Hills RC&D, Conservation Districts, KSU Extension and Research, Kansas Rural Center When: Thursday, February 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Where: Fisher Community Center, 201 Iowa, Hiawatha, KS  Maximize feed resources and reduce labor  Optimize use of livestock wastes  Increase production  Minimize impacts to rivers and streams Free Lunch Provided Presenters: Dr. Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz, KSU Dale Kirkham, Kansas Rural Center Will Boyer, KSU Watershed Specialist Ed Reznicek, Kansas Rural Center Panel Discussion: “Local Livestock and Waste Management Systems” with David Zeit, Dean Rice, Nathan Geiger, Bill Foster. Please RSVP to 913-991-7942 or CECLJ1@GMAIL.COM so that lunch can be planned.

Featured Chamber Members The Chamber Welcomes New Members in 2012 All American Truck & Trailer Repair, Inc. *New Member Located at 402 S. 1st Street in Elwood. All American is a full service repair facility for over the road transportation. Contact Margaret Green at 913-365-5501 or email them at: allamericantrucktrailer@usa.net

Rohrer’s Game Farm Sporting Clays *New Member Located at 1476 Lackenburg Road in Troy. It is one mile West and two miles North of Troy. Rohrer’s Game Farm has game birds and sporting clays For complete information contact Sandy Rohrer at 785-985-2635

Sunflower Mobile Homes, LLC *New Member

Rock Ridge Steel Co., LLC *New Member

Located at 1008 Roseport Road in Elwood. Sunflower Mobile Homes has been in business for over 40 years. They sell new and used mobile homes and specialize in the transporting of all sizes of mobile homes. Contact Alfred Devling at 913-365-3217 or email:

Located at 901 Woodsdale Road in Elwood. Rockwood Steel is a relatively new business in Doniphan County. They are a steel service center and have new steel sales. If you are need of their services, contact Dan Riley at 913-365-5200 or by email: d.Riley@Rockridgesteel.com

sunflowermobile@rainbowtel.net

Allen’s Trailer Court *New Member Located at 108 N. Iowa Street in Highland. Allen’s Trailer Court products and services are rental property management. If you would like additional information, contact Marty Allen at 785-850-0805 or email him at: mallen@carson.com

Doniphan County Electrical Cooperative Association, Inc. *New Member Located at 101 N. Main Street in Troy. Doniphan County Electrical Coop provides high-quality service at the lowest possible price for its customer owners. Contact Arlan Mitchell at 785-985-3523 or you can email him at: arlan@donrec.org

BMS Logistics, Inc. *New Member

Flower Peddler *New Member

McElwain Sprayers *New Member

Wathena Pride *New Member

Located at 1009 Vernon Road in Wathena. BMS began operations in 1987. With nine facilities in four states with over 400 employees, they provide warehousing, contract filling and contract packaging. Contact Dan Bayer at 816-364-3995 or by email: dbayer@bmslogisticsinc.com www.bmslogisticsinc.com

Located at 310 St. Joseph Street in Wathena. The Flower Peddler is a full line florist with a large selection of beautiful gift items, balloons and live plants. Call owner, Karen Gaither at 785-989-3431 with your order .

Located at 105 E. St. Joseph Street in Wathena. McElwain is an agricultural business that offers crop spraying. For information contact Floyd McElwain at 785-989-3500 or 816-387-7478. You may also contact him by email: Macoffice@embarqmail.com

Wathena PRIDE is dedicated to serving their community and to encourage and assist volunteers in making Wathena a better place to live and work. They identify what they would like to preserve, create, or improve for their future. Contact Mandy Lundy or Kay Hewins by email: wathenapride@yahoo.com

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Doniphan Chamber features NEKEF in Newsletter  

Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitation Project was the feature story in the Februrary Newsletter