Discover Phillips County
Phillips County launches Coast-to-Coast marketing campaign. First County in nation as a ‘Destination for Opportunity’!
Phillips County was pleased to welcome Jon Schallert founder of Destination University to our area! Jon Schallert is an internationally-recognized speaker and business expert specializing in teaching businesses and communities how to turn themselves into a Consumer Destinations. Schallert speaks to thousands annually on his proprietary 14-step “Destination Business” process, which he developed over the course of twenty-five (25) years of working with independent business owners.
Fifty-nine (59) business owners, community leaders, residents from outside Phillips County had the great opportunity of acquiring information from an hour and half presentation by Jon Schallert. This special presentation was on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 5:30-7:00pm at the Huck Boyd Community Center as part of the Community Reinvention Program of which Phillips County has been a partner in for the last two years. For over fifteen years, Jon has been helping business’ learn how to become destination locations. Businesses he’s consulted have found real success and a noticeable increase in sales. His strategy is a fourteen step process to become a “Destination Business” which attracts customers and media from over three hours away. Jon shared many stories of businesses that became very successful by utilizing his process. Highlighting three of the fourteen steps covered in the process, attendees at Phillipsburg were very impressed by the information; of which, several locked themselves down for a PCED sponsorship to attend his 2 ½ day workshop in 2012. “With his real life examples, intricate background knowledge and his energy tied with humor, gave me the enthusiasm and ideas for starting to think outside the box,” stated Sherry Robinson.
Phillips County Economic Development was the first county in the nation to make a long term (four year) commitment toward sending six business owners and one community coordinator each year within the Community Reinvestment Program to the “Destination BootCamp“. Phillips County Economic Development provides a sponsorship to the Schallert Bootcamp Program which pays for an approved attendee’s registration. A business who attends the Destination BootCamp learns the entire 14 step process in 2 ½ days in Longmont Colorado. Phillips County will be sending two more groups out to Longmont in 2012 and 2013. If you are a business owner interested in attending please contact the Phillips County Economic Development office.
Picture: Jon Schallert, and wife Peg, accepting Destination for Opportunity- Discover Phillips County caps at the meeting. They displayed their caps proudly after receiving them by the PCED.
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.
At the Kansas Main Street Awards Banquet on Thursday, Oct. 22nd in Leavenworth, Phillips County Economic Development was presented with the Leadership Award.
Lt. Governor Troy Findly presented staff of Phillips County Economic Development with this award. Kansas Main Street recognized PCED for the financial and staff support they have given and continue to give the Discover Phillipsburg Main Street program.
Discover Phillipsburg Main Street also received the Excellence in Historic Preservation Award for the 1959 Walking Tour. The Excellent in Public/Private Partnership award was given to Discover Phillips County for the educational grant they provided for quarterly trainings.