Wednesday, October 31, 2012

FW: Heritage Tourism Webinars Modules 6 and 7

There are two webinar modules remaining of the Heritage Tourism for the North Central Region Series:


Session 6: November 1, 2012 - Implementing Heritage Tourism (2:00 PM - ET)
Possibly the most important component is actually doing it. This session will look at product development services within your community, the process and techniques for marketing your community, the importance and tools for hospitality, resources to help your community move forward in its efforts, and provide an overall look at implementing your efforts. Implementation is the actual doing of heritage tourism and making it a viable economic effort for your community and this session will promote a discussion on how that has been accomplished in communities.

Session 7: November 15, 2012 – Evaluating and Renewing Heritage Tourism (2:00 PM - ET)
How will you know if heritage tourism is a success for your community? How will you know how best to adapt and continue your efforts to keep it a viable economic generator for your community. Evaluation is a tool to use in the formulation and the assessment of your efforts. This session will look at the life cycle of heritage tourism efforts and products, how to conduct effective evaluations and determine the impacts of heritage tourism efforts on your community, as well as looking at evaluation and impact tools you can use. Knowing what is working and what is not helps in making future efforts successful.


To participate in either one or both of the modules, log in as a guest at  Both webinars will begin at 2:00 PM (Eastern Time) on dates indicated above. If you have any questions please feel free to contact either Julie Avery ( or Larry Dickerson ( 


If you missed any of the modules they are posted online the day after the actual webinar and you can listen/view the presentations or download the PowerPoint presentations for each module.  Go to for recordings and/or presentations.


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Interactive Web Techniques for Public Engagement

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Incorporating Interactive Web Techniques with Public Engagement & Community Decision Making


Dan Otto, Christopher Seeger & Diane Van Wyngarden

(Iowa State University)


Ted Gallion, Mary Simon Leuci & Sarah Massengale

(University of Missouri)


November 5, 2012 (Monday) - 11:00 AM – Eastern Time


About the webinar:

In this webinar, members of the NCRCRD Small Grant-funded Incorporating Interactive Web Techniques with Public Engagement and Community Decision Making, will present the results and tools from their piloting of two online tools using GIS and collaboration software to foster community engagement to promote local tourism and foods in Pella, IA, and to address access to healthy foods and enhance the local food system in Crawford County, South Central Missouri. The focus of the webinar will be on demonstrating the tools, sharing lessons learned, and discussing implications for expanding use of such tools of technology in community work.


About the Speakers:

Mary Simon Leuci is the assistant dean of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and community development program director for University of Missouri Extension. In this role, she provides leadership for community leadership development, community economic development, citizen engagement, community decision making, participatory planning, creating inclusive communities, and community emergency management. She is co-founder of the Community Development Academy and has also worked with communities and organizations to help develop extension's community emergency management program, healthy lifestyle initiative, and EXCEED program, and facilitate community-based leadership development community economic development, and community information networks, and pioneering the use of GIS with community engagement with the Community Issues Management (CIM) system in Missouri. Her research has focused on leadership and organizational learning. Mary has a B.S. in Agriculture, M.A. in Adult Education, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Missouri.

Sarah Hultine Massengale is a Community Development Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension in South Central Missouri. She works with nine rural Missouri counties on programs in youth leadership development, tourism, local food systems and healthy lifestyles, and assists local community organizations with meeting facilitation, strategic planning, program development, and grant-writing. Her research interests focus on rural food systems and food access, particularly in the Missouri Ozarks. Sarah has a BA in biology/environmental studies from Knox College, a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Rural Sociology at University of Missouri-Columbia.

Ted Gallion is the University of Missouri Extension statewide coordinator for Community Issues Management (CIM) providing leadership, training and user support for staff and faculty. Previously at the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA) he administered the development and management of a sophisticated Oracle-based health and human services resource directory and web site with more than 20,000 resources in collaboration with the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Missouri Foundation for Health and J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library. He produced hundreds of thematic maps for print and web publications each year and constructed special project maps and reports such as drive-time analysis, hot-spot analysis, temporal analysis, geocoding, etc. He articulated, developed and administered a statewide corridor analysis web application for the Missouri Department of Transportation. Ted received a BA degree in microbiology and a MBA from University of Missouri-Columbia.

Christopher J. Seeger, ASLA, GISP is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Landscape Architecture and Geospatial Technology at Iowa State University. Seeger is an Iowa Registered Landscape Architect and a Geographic Information Systems Professional. Seeger specializes in the integration of geospatial technologies (GIS, Global Positioning Systems, and remote sensing), Web 2.0 collaboration and data-sharing technologies, crowd-sourcing methods (Public Participation GIS and Volunteered Geographic Information) to develop local current datasets that can be used in the planning and design process. His current research includes creating healthy, sustainable communities that include safe routes to schools, connected trail systems, and environments/programs that promote healthy lifestyles and economic development.

Daniel Otto is a Professor of Economics, Extension Economist and Associate Director of Extension to communities at Iowa State University. He received his Bachelor's degree (1975) and Master's degree in Agricultural Economics (1977) from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics (1981) from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He has been on the Iowa State University faculty since 1981 where he has worked extensively with community and state officials on regional policy analysis, economic and fiscal impact analysis, and researching a range of economic development and regional policy issues. He has taught a class in rural economic development and is currently teaching undergraduate Public Finance. He has an ongoing research in the areas of evaluating the role of natural resource-based amenities in economic development, value-added agriculture strategies for rural development, local labor market analysis, economic impact analysis, and local government performance.

Diane Van Wyngarden is a Community and Economic Development Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She works directly with community leaders in areas including community economic development and tourism strategic planning. She is developer, lead instructor and administrator for Iowa State Road Scholar educational travel programs. She has a B.S. in Psychology and PhD. in Educational and Organizational Leadership.


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Monday, October 29, 2012

FW: Food Policy Data Added to the Commons

For those of you interested in and/or using Community Commons (a source of some hard to find data), here’s an announcement of recent updates, webinars being offered (mostly about public health/wellness and food availability), and community forums to share ideas and glean wisdom from others! It’s free to join and use the data!



New Map Data for
Food Policy Councils! 


EQUITY DATA ADDED - The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) released their list of Food Policy Councils to Community Commons. View the list as a map here.


END CHILDHOOD OBESITY CHALLENGE - Winning idea to help end childhood obesity to receive $10,000 and expert advice to turn concept into reality. Learn more at PHA.


PUBLIC HEALTH FUNDING INFOGRAPHIC - shows how public health saves lives and money. View it here. 


JOIN THE DIALOGUE- From Weight of the Nation and Urban Agriculture to Worksite Wellness and Collective Impact,  group dialogues are growing everyday. Join a Group or create your own!


OFFICE HOURS- Got questions? We've got answers! Community Commons Office Hours are every Wednesday at 11:00am CST. 




Thursday, November 1, 2012 @ 1:00pm CST: Health is a Calling Card: Tools to Build Health into Safe Routes to School


Thursday, November 8, 2012 @ 2:30pm CST: Market-Based Models for Increasing Access to Healthy Food: Defining What Works


Wednesday, November 14, 2012 1:30pm CST: Where We Stand and What's Ahead: Public Health and the Prevention Fund

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Friday, October 26, 2012

FW: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding

From our friends at USDA-RD:




Census Bureau Releases Report on Poverty in Rural America for 2011

On September 12, the U.S. Census Bureau released a new report that found the overall number of Americans living in poverty in rural areas is at its highest level in decades. According to the 2011 report, the official national poverty rate of 15% is statistically unchanged from 2010. Median house-hold income declined from 2010 to $50,054 nationwide and is now $40,527 in rural areas, compared to $41,440 in 2010. Click here for more information about the report. 


The American Latino Heritage Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary – a website from the National Park Service that is an itinerary of Latino sites to visit in the U.S.


Wind Energy: Who Holds the Power? - To read about organizing to harness the wind as an economic development strategy in rural places, click here.


Community foundations can boost rural education, community development, other causes – Daily Yonder

More U.S. agricultural exports are now going to upper middle income countries - Middle-income countries, including Mexico and China, continue to grow as key partners in U.S. agricultural trade. In 2011, the United States shipped nearly half of its total agricultural exports to upper middle-income countries. Steadily rising income levels, expanding populations, and increased urbanization in developing countries have helped position them as important and fast growing export destinations for U.S. agricultural products, while high-income countries, such as Japan and member states of the European Union, account for declining shares U.S. exports. A chart appears in "Middle-Income Countries Drive U.S. Agricultural Trade" in the September 2012 issue of ERS's Amber Waves magazine.


Trends show a shift in economic activity toward developing countries in coming years - While both developed and developing countries showed declines in economic growth during 2008 and 2009, developed countries went into a severe recession whereas the developing countries only had a growth slowdown. By 2010, both groups of countries were in recovery, but the difference in relative growth rates was around 4 percent per year. The growth difference between developed and developing countries has been increasing for some time, and the 2008-09 recession reinforced this pattern and likely will persist into the future. The growth differential prior to 2000 was almost half of what it has been since then. As shown in this chart, the longer-term effect of this growth differential will be a shift in economic activity from developed to developing countries. A chart is found in The 2008-09 Recession and Recovery Implications for the Growth and Financial Health of U.S. Agriculture, WRS-1201, May 2012.





Getting Started: How to Succeed in Cultural Heritage Tourism -


Cultural Data Project -  - Operated by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Cultural Data Project is a powerful online management tool designed to strengthen arts and cultural organizations. This groundbreaking project gathers reliable, longitudinal data on the sector.  Our emerging national standard enables participating organizations to track trends and benchmark their progress through sophisticated reporting tools, empowers researchers and advocates with information to make the case for arts and culture, and equips funders with data to plan and evaluate grantmaking activities more effectively.  Currently operating in Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont.


Investment ready places -

Charles Marohn discusses the CNU NextGen initiative "Investment Ready Places" by Street Sense. The new booklet provides strategies for identifying and investing in America’s “new frontier for development”—small towns and cities.


Strategic Doing – a somewhat new way of doing planning, these slides provide a good overview -





WEBINAR: Using Social Networks to Build Local Economies, Nov 8 at 2pm eastern

Learn about social networking tools to build local economies focused on food systems and the advanced energy and renewable bioproducts that come from agriculture in a November 8th webinar. Click here for more information.


Free Webinar: Financing Critical Infrastructure and Redevelopment Projects, Nov 28 - October 25, 2012 -   IEDC invites you to take advantage of these no-cost online learning events.


Excerpt from a Social Enterprise Listserv:


Re: Regional food distribution SE

Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:24 am (PDT) . Posted by: "Rolfe Larson" rolfelarson

Here are the responses to the following question from Mary Ferguson:

"I am part of a research team working with a rural county in Canada where we are assessing the feasibility of developing a regional distribution hub for local and sustainably grown food products. This distribution hub, if feasible, would become a social enterprise operated by a community food centre.

As part of the feasibility research, we are interested in contacting others who have developed similar food distribution hubs. Are there any lessons that you can share with us?"

(1) From Charles Penner

I’m working with a similar sounding group in Ann Arbor, MI. My main advice to you is to stay focused and “keep it simple”. We’ve had so many people want to impose their visions, ideas, needs and ideologies on this that it’s sometimes gotten bogged down trying to be too many things to too many people.

(2) From Tom Knoll

One of the best examples that I've come across is the Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen run by Rick Terrien. More than a central distribution facility, they've carved out a unique market niche by adding a fully staffed commercial kitchen that creates value-added recipes OR simply makes the recipes provided by the farmers. Additionally, It is a state-inspected commercial kitchen owned and operated by a center supporting people with disabilities.

So it is actually providing training and jobs for a population that would otherwise experience serious hardship in holding a job. Their professional food processing staff prepares and packages recipes and food products for commercial sale in small, affordable, batches. Check them out and if you connect, just tell Rick that Tom Knoll says 'Hi'.

(3) From Pablo Gimenez

You may want to check out the following Australian social enterprises: or - the Manager Chris Ennis has also undertaken extensive international research in food hubs.





Emerging Leaders in Microbusiness (squared): Multiplying and strengthening tomorrow’s leaders-Request for Applications due November 9, 2012 .
Download the Request for Application.


Department of Commerce: FY2013 Community-based Marine Debris Removal - Application deadline: November 1, 2012


NEA Research: Art Works, FY 2013 - Application deadline: November 6, 2012


EPA: Environmental Education Regional Grants - Application deadline: November 21, 2012


EPA: Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant - Application deadline: November 30, 2012


NSF: Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I Solicitation FY-2013 - Application deadline: December 3, 2012


USDA: 2013 National Urban and Community Forestry Grant - Application deadline: December 3, 2012


NEH: Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections - Application deadline: December 4, 2012


National Endowment for the Arts Releases Funding Guidelines for Our Town Grants - The National Endowment for the Arts releases funding guidelines for Our Town, its primary placemaking grant program.  Our Town will invest grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 in creative and innovative projects in which communities, along with their arts and design organizations, seek to improve quality of life; foster stronger community identity; encourage greater creative activity; and revitalize economic development. Applications are due by January 14, 2013 and guidelines are available hereWebinars to learn more will be held on November 6 and 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm EST.


BoatUS Foundation Accepting Grant Applications for Safe and Clean Boating Projects - Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations, boating clubs, and student groups in the United States working to educate boaters about safe and clean boating.... Deadline: December 17, 2012


PeyBack Foundation Accepting Grant Applications for Programs Serving At-Risk Children - Grants of up to $15,000 are available to nonprofits working to provide leadership and growth opportunities to economically disadvantaged children and youth in Indiana, Tennessee, Louisiana, and the Denver metro area.... Deadline: February 1, 2013


Fifth Annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge Opens - Teams of K-12 students and their teachers/advisors are invited to enter their ideas to solve environmental problems and compete for more than $300,000 in total prizes.... Deadline: March 5, 2013


Whole Kids Foundation Accepting Applications for School Garden Grant Program - Grants of $2,000 are available to public and private K-12 schools in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada to help fund school garden projects.... Deadline: November 15, 2012


Sodexo Foundation Announces Open Application Period for Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships - Up to five students (kindergarten through graduate school) working to end hunger in their communities will be honored with $5,000 scholarships as well as grants of $5,000 for the hunger charity of their choice.... Deadline: December 5, 2012


Applications Invited for Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Awards - Fifty pre-K teachers will be selected to receive grants of $1,000 in honor of their dedication to providing high-quality child care.... Deadline: December 3, 2012


Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Accepting Applications for Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program - Grants of $25,000 to $100,000 will be awarded for projects in the United States that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment.... Deadline: December 3, 2012


CareFusion Foundation Announces Grant Program to Support Infection Prevention at Healthcare Organizations - Teams of K-12 students and their teachers/advisors are invited to enter their ideas to solve environmental problems and compete for more than $300,000 in total prizes.... Deadline: December 14, 2012


Cardinal Health Foundation Offers Grants to Improve Patient Safety - Nonprofit healthcare institutions in the United States working to improve medication safety or operating room safety are invited to apply for grants of up to $35,000.... Deadline: December 7, 2012



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Thursday, October 25, 2012

funding opportunities

Association of Performing Arts Presenters, MetLife Foundation Accepting Applications for Second Round of All-In: Re-imagining Community Participation
Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to APAP member organizations with promising new approaches to community engagement through the performing arts.... Deadline: November 1, 2012


Gates Foundation Launches College Knowledge Challenge App Competition - Thirty grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to support the creation of free and low-cost Facebook applications that make the college-going process more transparent, collaborative, and easier to navigate for low-income and first-generation students.... Deadline: November 16, 2012


Chesapeake Bay Trust Announces Expansion of Mini Grant Environmental Education Program
Grants of up to $5,000 are available for K-12 environmental education projects, programs, and outdoor field experiences that raise awareness and involvement in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its local streams and rivers.... Deadline: January 13, 2013


Mary Byron Project Invites Nominations for Awards Honoring Innovative Domestic Violence Programs - Innovative nonprofit and government programs that have been effective in ending the generational cycle of domestic violence will be honored with awards of $10,000.... Deadline: November 16, 2012


AAUW Accepting Applications for Community Action Grants - Grants of up to $10,000 are available to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women.... Deadline: January 15, 2013


AIDS United Retention in Care (RIC) Initiative - Application deadline: Nov 2, 2012. Supports organizations that offer HIV healthcare services in underserved, rural, or impoverished areas.


Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation Community Service Grant - Application deadline: Nov 2, 2012
Provides funding to dental hygienists for projects aimed at improving oral health or providing oral health education.


E3 — Effectiveness, Efficiency and Excellence in Healthcare - Application deadline: Dec 7, 2012. Grants to healthcare institutions to impact the efficiency and quality of care.


Foundation for Rural Education and Development (FRED) Scholarships - Application deadline: Feb 15, 2013
Scholarships for students from rural areas who are interested in pursuing a career in telecommunications or show an interest in returning to rural areas.


Sea Turtle Conservation Fund Seeks Research and Conservation Grant Proposals - Matching grants ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 are available to individuals, organizations, and agencies working to help increase the populations of leatherback, loggerhead, and hawksbill turtles.... Deadline: November 1, 2012 (Pre-proposals)


Chamber Music America Invites Applications for 2013 Residency Partnership Grants - Grants of up to $12,000 are available to help support projects by ensembles and presenters to build audiences in community settings for classical/contemporary, jazz, and world chamber music.... Deadline: November 16, 2012


Bush Foundation Announces Fellowship Program for Elected and Public Officials - Two-year leadership development fellowships are available to elected and public officials in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the twenty-three Native nations that share the same geographic area.... Deadline: November 20, 2012


Fiskars' Project Orange Thumb Seeks Applications for Community Garden Grants and Makeovers - To help communities achieve their neighborhood beautification goals and support healthy, sustainable food sources, nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada are invited to apply for ten grants of $5,000 and a complete garden makeover.... Deadline: December 15, 2012


Nissan Foundation Invites Letters of Intent for Funding to Promote Diversity - Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 are available to nonprofit organizations in communities surrounding Nissan's affiliate locations for educational programs that foster an appreciation of diversity.... Deadline: November 16, 2012 (Letters of Intent)


National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Invites Pre-Proposals for Southern Company Power of Flight - A total of approximately $600,000 is available to fund bird conservation projects within the Southern Company service area of Georgia, Alabama, northwestern Florida, and southeastern Mississippi.... Deadline: November 13, 2012 (Pre-proposals)


Pre-Proposals Invited for Longleaf Stewardship Fund - Matching grants of $50,000 to $350,000 are available for projects designed to help accelerate the restoration and enhancement of the longleaf pine ecosystem in the southeastern United States.... Deadline: November 13, 2012 (Pre-proposals)


Walmart Foundation Local Giving Program - apply by December 1, 2012.  The Walmart Foundation supports programs and initiatives addressing education, workforce development, economic sustainability, and health and wellness.  Multiple awards ranging from $250-$5,000 are available for select applicants. Nonprofit organizations, K-12 schools, church or faith based organizations, and government entities are eligible to apply.  For more information or to apply, visit


The National Gardening Association is accepting applications for Youth Garden Grant Awards. Schools and community groups in the United States planning to garden with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18 are invited to apply for Home Depot gift cards of up to $1,000 to purchase gardening supplies. Deadline to apply: 12/3/2012. For more information visit the website by clicking


Application materials for the Rural Hospital Capital Improvement Grant Program will be available October 15 on the ORHPC Grants and Loans page. Pre-applications are due December 17 and final applications (if invited) will be due March 18, 2013.


The Institute for Rural America is offering Seize The Moment Grants to nonprofits for up to $250 designed to assist groups needing to take quick action on issues that arise, or to send staff to training programs in their respective fields. Deadline: rolling. For application guidelines, click here.


The Economic Development Administration has announced the availability of funding for nonprofit and public agencies, including local governments for grants to create regional economic development plans that will stimulate and guide the economic developments of a community. Deadline: rolling. Get more information



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Department of Agricultural Economics

Oklahoma State University

323 Ag Hall

Stillwater, OK 74078


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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Rural Economic Outlook Conference, Nov 9

Hope to see you at our Rural Economic Outlook Conference, Friday, Nov. 9 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center (reception prior evening at the OSU Atherton Hotel). A registration brochure is attached.  The early registration deadline is November 1. Please share information with other who might be interested in participating.


November 8, 2012 – OSU Atherton Hotel

4:00 pm                Registration

5:00 pm                Reception – catered light hors d’oeuvres


November 9, 2012 – ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center – OSU Campus

8:30 am                   Registration and Welcome, Mike Woods/Damona Doye

8:40 am                   Globalization: Implications for U.S. and Oklahoma Agriculture, Dr. Dick Crowder

10:15 am                 Farm Bill Update, Bart Fischer/ Dr. Jody Campiche, Assistant Professor, OSU

11:15 am                 Agriculture and the Environment, Larry Elworth, EPA, and Terry Detrick, American Farmers and Ranchers

12:15 pm                 Catered Lunch                                          

1:15 pm                    Outlook Panel:  Shannon Ferrell, Damona Doye, Kim Anderson, Derrell Peel

2:45 pm                    The Fed and the Economy in the U.S. and Oklahoma, Chad Wilkerson, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank – Oklahoma City Branch

4:00 pm                    Adjourn


Please join us!

ESRI webinar on online vs. store-based retail

As the debate continues to grow over how retail is changing due to the use of Internet technologies, you may want to consider participating in this webinar tomorrow (sorry for the late notice!). It’s FREE and being offered by ESRI, the global leader in GIS software and location analysis.



Esri - Understanding Our World


The Retail Traffic and Esri Webinar Will Be Thursday

Don't miss this webinar: The Phony War between Smartphones and Stores. You'll learn many things:

  • Why the omnichannel customer is a better customer
  • How online shopping and e-commerce provide insight into local market potential and gaps
  • How the Internet hasn't changed retailing - that it's the consumer who's changed shopping
  • Why "showrooming" is not a curse but an opportunity
  • How location analytics can help you navigate digital and real-world challenges


The Phony War between Smartphones and Stores
Thursday, October 25
2:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m. (PT)

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Friday, October 19, 2012

OSBDC Veterans' Entrepreneur Conference, Nov 1, Enid

The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center is hosting a free conference on November 1 for small business owners or those looking to start a small business. The conference will be held in the NOC Gantz Center Ballroom and take place from 8:30am to 3:30pm. 



To register click here to go to the OSBDC website.




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Department of Agricultural Economics

Oklahoma State University

323 Ag Hall

Stillwater, OK 74078


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Profitability & Sustainability Conference, Nov 15 in Tulsa

Profitability & Sustainability



OSU-Tulsa Room 108
700 North Greenwood Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74106

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Thursday November 15, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM CST
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You are invited to a panel discussion on the business case for sustainability.


Former Tulsa Mayor, Kathy Taylor, will moderate a discussion of how businesses are finding profitability in sustainability with panelist: 


Dana Birkes, Flintco Vice-President of Business Development,Angelyn Holmes, OSU Tulsa Energy Education Manager, and Jim Cameron, Cameron Glass President.


Please click on the link below and register for this free program. There is limited seating so register today!

Register Now!

I can't make it

Please contact us if you have further questions regarding the program, 918-808-6576 or  If you are interested in becoming a business member, click here.  Thank you for your support!


Again, thank you for your attention and response, and we look forward to seeing you at the upcoming business program.




Corey Williams

Executive Director, Sustainable Tulsa