Archive for July 2011

Convergys — At-home Service Agents

Convergys wants to hire at-home representatives from Phillips County, Kansas.  As suggested with an on-line workforce survey conducted for the company across several western and central Kansas counties in July 2010, the company is moving forward with hiring people after being convinced of viable workforce availability and Kansas incentives for some of our rural areas. 

Convergys Corporation (NYSE: CVG) is a global leader in relationship management.  They provide solutions that drive more value from the client’s relationship with their customers.  Convergys turns these everyday interactions into a source of profit and strategic advantage for their clients. For more than 30 years, a unique combination of domain expertise, operational excellence, and innovative technologies has delivered process improvement and actionable business insight to marquee clients all over the world.

Convergys has approximately 65,000 employees in 68 customer contact centers and other facilities in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, with the global headquarters located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

A Work-at-Home career with Convergys can be the perfect opportunity to enjoy added income and benefits while still making time for other priorities.  Training can be done from the comfort of your own home, and receive the technical support you need to prepare for a successful future.  Multiple fringe benefits.

A Convergys Home Agent is paid for the time in training, which as mentioned can be done from the comfort of your home office.   A Convergys Team Leader will partner with you to ensure the knowledge you need to be successful.    To apply for an at-home position, visit CONVERGYS now!

Free Phillips County Magnets!

The Legacy Committee and Phillips County Economic Development created Discover Phillips County magnets which are free to the public. The magnet include contact information for different departments and foundations. It is a full 8 ½ x 11 sheet magnet. You definitely need to pick up a magnet for your refrigerator!

Locations to pick up a magnet include: Agra Library Community Center, Agra Post Office, County Treasurer-Courthouse, E-Center, Logan Library, Logan Post Office, Long Island Post Office, Long Island Library Community Center, Phillips County Extension Office, Phillips County Community Foundation, Phillips County Hospital, Phillips County Medical Clinic, Phillipsburg City Library, Prairie View Library Community Center, Radio Station, Wenzl Drug, Witmer Rexall Drug Store, and Westview.

*Thank you to all of these places for allowing us to distribute the magnets to the public.

Rural Opportunities Conference


NetWork Kansas is pleased to share this announcement on behalf of the Kansas Department of Commerce:

Mark Your Calendars!

The Rural Opportunities Conference will be held November 16-17 in Salina, Kanas. This conference will combine the Broadband Summit and the annual MarketPlace program to leverage common goals and audiences in support of economic advancement through technology. Entrepreneurs and community representatives will connect with broadband experts to explore advanced economic solutions, plot development strategies and network with fellow industry professionals.   

The conference is being held at the Bicentennial Center. More information will be coming soon.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Carole Jordan at 785-296-3485. We hope to see you in November!

No Place Like Home-Western Kansas

You have maybe heard local teens say, “I can’t wait to graduate and leave this place.” I might have thought this at one point in time during my teen years; however I have a great love for this area and wanted to make it my home again. I grew up in Almena and graduated from Northern Valley. I enjoyed growing up in a rural Kansas community very much. As a kid, my friends and I could ride bikes and play basketball all day in the summer and our parents would not worry about our safety. I liked knowing everyone who lived in the community and being able to say hi to everyone I pass. This area is known for their kind and hospitable people. In times of hardship, people come together to help each other out. I would not change one thing about growing up in rural Kansas; it has made me into the woman I am today.  

After graduating high school, I went to FHSU and earned my degree in Business Education. During college, I enjoyed coming back to visit family and to be in this area. So when trying to decide where to do my student teaching at, I choose Norton because I could live with family, be back in the area, and knew the teacher who would be my mentor teacher. After graduation, decisions needed to be made on what to do and where to live. In making this decision, I knew I wanted to stay in this area because I really enjoy the rural lifestyle and want to raise a family here someday. I like the friendly people, the values they have, the culture and traditions.

Living in Phillipsburg and working at Phillips County Economic Development for over a month, I have enjoyed it very much. I was surprised at the progressive attitude the community and PCED have. I feel like community members and leaders have passion for this town and county which leads to constant improvements. I feel improvement is very important because if you are not improving you are probably dying. There are so many great projects going on that will help the community greatly. Some of these projects I have noticed are: Majestic Theatre Renovation, Wellness Center, Aqua Park, Discover Phillipsburg Main Street, Community Reinvestment Program and Discover Phillips County. Phillips County has great businesses and commerce. If Phillipsburg and Phillips County continue to have passion and being progressive, it will continue to be a big success.

-Andrea Lowry: Office Manager

2011 Destination Bootcamp for local businesses -- Success!

Six Phillips County businesses return from the 2011 June “Destination Bootcamp” with new tools for changing their businesses and attracting new customers.  The Phillips County business owners attending Destination BootCamp at Longmont, Colorado were:  Janeen Wallgreen (Heartland Marketing), Eric & Nicolina Coulimore (Couli Kaffee), Shelli Dennis (the Hair Co. Salon), Robin Sides (Ultimate Image), Teal Yates (KKAN/KQMA Radio), and Diane Conn (Kustom Kreations), plus Jeff Hofaker (PCED Director) acting as the group’s community coordinator.

Phillips County Economic Development was the first county in the nation to make a long term (four year) committment to sending six business owners and one community coordinator to the Jon Schallert – “Destination BootCamp” within the Community Reinvestment Program.   Through this committment to the Schallert Program, Phillips County Economic Development provided a sponsorship which paid for every attendee’s registration fee.

Phillips County, Kansas has always had strong entrepreneurs and leaders.  Dane G. Hansen and McDill “Huck” Boyd were two entrepreneurs who fought for the rural community, its businesses, its way of life, and the future prospect of its citizens and visitors to “Discover Phillips County”.  As a Rural Opportunity Zone (ROZ) area, a designated Entrepreneurial Community by Network Kansas, and offering local, entrepreneurial grant programs to assist business growth and creation,  Phillips County, Kansas has positioned itself as one of the most entrepreneurial minded, rural communities in the Midwest United States.  Making the committment to sponsoring businesses for this premiere marketing learning experience, instructed by Jon Schallert, is another proactive tool that Phillips County Economic Development has done to assist local businesses increase revenue possibilities.

The two and one-half day “Destination Bootcamp”, created by marketing consultant Jon Schallert, teaches independent business owners on how to reposition their businesses as “consumer destinations”.  According to Schallert, a business using his “Destination Business” strategies can compete effectively with superstores like Wal-Mart and Home Depot, and significantly impact a local community.  According to Schallert, it is not uncommon for destination businesses to create change in an entire city, by pulling consumers from miles around, from outside the typical, immediate marketplace of a community.

For inside information about the businesses which attended the 2011 Destination BootCamp, review the official press release.