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Volume 5, Issue 10

N o r t h e a s t K a ns as E n te r p r is e F ac il i tat i o n I n i t ia t iv e

October 2010

E N T R E P R E N E U R S P OT L I G H T Opening a Business is a Dream for Three Muscotah Women

Project Outcomes: (June 2, 2003 to September 30, 2010)

Total Clients Assisted: 629 Businesses Started: 48 Businesses Expanded: 16 Jobs Created: 179 Businesses Retained: 8 Jobs Retained: 50 Tune-Ups of Existing Businesses: 62

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The next time you are in Muscotah stop by the newest business in town, the Muscotah Mercantile. You can find year round Christmas items, seasonal décor for your home, unique gift items, as well as convenience items all under one roof at the Muscotah Mercantile. LeeAnn Piini, CJ Hanson and Selma Tacker, had always wanted to open their own businesses. The women hadn’t pursued their dreams because of the financial and time commitments each would have to bear. After Piini’s rental house became vacant, the women decided to work together and open a business. They turned the rental house into the Muscotah Mercantile

featuring each woman’s unique interests from handmade arts and crafts, home décor made in the United States and Christmas items available all year.

Board Chair David Key (785) 336-2184

Monday thru Wednesday 10-6 p.m. Thursdays 10-7 p.m. (As of Nov.4) Saturdays 8-4 p.m. (As of Nov. 6)

The idea for the mercantile also came from a need in the community. Muscotah is 20 miles from a store to shop for home décor items and the nearest grocery store is eight miles away. “The best part of owning our own business is the surprise on customer’s faces when they walk into the shop and say wow you have so many neat items,” said Piini. The mercantile is located at 107 West 2nd Street. You can also find the business on Facebook.

The Muscotah Mercantile had its Grand Opening on October 9th and 10th. Owners of the mercantile featured in the bottom photo: CJ Hanson, LeeAnn Piini and Selma Tacker.

Sirolli Fall Forum 2010

Facilitator Teresa McAnerney (785) 364-0583 teresamcanerney@yahoo.com or tm@nekef.org

Store Hours

Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitator Teresa McAnerney pictured with Fabrice, an Enterprise Facilitator from Africa that trained with the Northeast Kansas EF Board. Both facilitators attended the Sirolli Forum in Missouri.

Enterprise Facilitation projects from Africa, Canada, England, Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota and Oregon gathered in northwest Missouri in September for a two-day Fall Forum workshop to discuss best practices, brainstorm about potential funding streams, and learn new techniques for helping entrepreneurs. Teresa McAnerney and Virginia Burchett represented the Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitation Board at the Sirolli Fall Forum.

Upcoming Events

dkey@ksu.edu

November 4

November 4

November 18

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Facilitator Office Hours Glacial Hills Enterprise Center 334 2nd St. Wetmore, KS

6:00 p.m. Dinner/Board Meeting Rainbow Communications 628 Oregon St. Hiawatha, KS

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Facilitator Office Hours Glacial Hills Enterprise Center 334 2nd St. Wetmore, KS


Enterprise Facilitation's Entrepreneur Spotlight October 2010