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Rural Grocery Initiative

Webinars & Workshops

Keeping Groceries Alive:
Planning a Successful Business Transition 
Webinar Series 
Thursdays at 1:30pm CT, January 28 – March 18 
Free and open to grocers, prospective grocers and community stakeholders. 
Registration opens early December. 
For questions about this webinar series, please reach us at rgi@ksu.edu.

Grocery stores are crucial businesses in rural communities: they serve as essential sources of healthy food; they drive local economies by creating jobs; and they provide space for community members to gather and connect. 
When a grocery store closes, the community loses outIn order to maintain vibrant rural grocery stores over the long-term, grocers and communities must plan ahead. 
This webinar series dives into the process of developing a successful business transition plan. Such plans are key for the financial security of grocery store owners — especially those nearing retirement. By planning for a smooth transfer of ownership, grocery stores can avoid sudden closure and continue meeting the needs of the communities they serve. 

Webinar Schedule 
All webinars will be held on Thursdays at 1:30pm central using Zoom. Registration is free and opens early December. 
January 28      Grocery Business Transition Planning: An Overview 
February 4       Understanding Grocery Ownership Models 
February 11     Preparing for Business Transition 
February 18     Assessing Markets & Community Needs 
February 25     Planning your Business 
March 4           Funding the Transition 
March 11         Recruiting Store Managers 
March 18         Mastering Grocery Store Nuts & Bolts

Presented by the Rural Grocery Initiative, Kansas State Research and Extension, NetWork Kansas, the Kansas Rural Center, the Food Co-Op Initiative, and the Kansas Center for Business Transition. Sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation.


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