We hope you have enjoyed our 2013 national Small Business Week+ tour of small business owners who have partnered with Extension. The map shows the states visited. Our stories ranged from a cigar shop and lounge in Missouri to a food coop in Ohio to a wooden bicycle helmets in Oregon. We traveled from the east coast to the west and went north to Alaska.
These stories represent though only a quick overview that every state might offer. In North Dakota, for example, we might have visited a CSA, Riverbound Farm; an agritourism business, Rolling Plains Adventures; a vineyard/winery, Red Trail Vinyard; another agritourism stop, Papa’s Pumpkin Patch; or a retail dairy outlet, Pride Dairy
Extension is nation-wide network comprised of the land-grant university system. It’s a space where university content providers can gather and produce new educational and information resources on wide-ranging topics. A week plus just isn’t enough time or space to list all of the ways and stories of the small business and Extension partnerships.
For small business owners or those who aspire to business owners, Extension, and our online element, eXtension.org, are an educational and support resource to help you get started and be successful. Contact your local office or go online with your questions. Check out the educational programs being offered.
We began the week recognizing the importance of small business owners in our economy. These stories show the diversity and roles they play. Remember to thank them for what they do. And don’t hesitate to explore your own entrepreneurial dreams. Extension is here to help.