Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma residents who operate agritourism businesses and are interested in developing
and promoting their rural small business, will want to attend the “Tri-State Agritourism Conference”
on Tuesday, March 22 and Wednesday, March 23, 2011, in Pittsburg, Kansas. The conference
will also be of interest to potential agritourism businesses, destination marketing organizations,
and chambers of commerce. The two-day event will begin at 9:00 a.m. on March 22 at the Overman
Student Center on the Pittsburg State University campus in Pittsburg, Kansas, and conclude Wednesday
afternoon.
A variety of presenters will share information on diversification and new markets, direct marketing (on
farm/off farm), on-line marketing (including social media), risk management, partnering with the local
community, and ways to engage visitors to generate more income. An overview of agritourism programs
in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma will also be presented. Participants will also have the opportunity
to attend a networking reception featuring food and beverages from tri-state area producers, a
trade show and a tour of several area agritourism businesses.
Cost for the seminar is $40 per person if paid by February 28; after that date, the registration fee is $55
per person. Registration fee includes meals, refreshments, networking reception and tour transportation.
Advance registration is required. To register, contact the Kansas Small Business Development Center
at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS (620-235-4920). Reasonable accommodations for persons
with disabilities will be made if requested two weeks in advance. Please contact the PSU KSBDC.
Complete details can be obtained on the following website: http://www.btikansas.com/home/SBDC/
services/small-business-seminars.dot or by contacting one of the conference sponsors.