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AP – Enterprising Rural Families: Helping Families Manage Rural Enterprises For Success

Enterprising Rural Families is a course designed to assist families manage their rural enterprises for success. It was conceived by Extension educators in the United States working with collaborators in Queensland Australia and British Columbia Canada. A robust model describes the interlinking and overlap of individual, family, business systems, and the community surrounding them. At the core is the rural family enterprise. Originally developed as an online course with supporting electronic monthly newsletter, the team has developed CD-based modules for distribution and presentation in other venues. Strategic Management focuses on assisting families define and achieve the success they desire. The Resource Inventory course is designed to aid in resource identification and assessment. Enterprising Rural Families provides hands-on solutions to issues faced by rural enterprise managers everywhere. As such, the course is especially relevant to areas intent on rural revitalization.

Keywords: rural family, enterprise management, risk management.

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Author(s): Hewlett, J.P., Taylor, W.R., Weigel, R.R.

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Organizations(s): University of Wyoming, Laramie, University of Wyoming, Newcastle