Presentation Explores Rural Entrepreneurs

Belleville, KS – Republic County Historical Society & Museum in Belleville, Kansas will host “Ruralpreneurs: Tumbleweeds and Talents in Kansas Communities,” a presentation and discussion by Ron Wilson on Tuesday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the Republic County Historical Museum, 615 28th Street (Highway 36), Belleville, Kansas.  Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. Contact the Republic County Historical Museum at 785 527-5971 or 816 651-9795 for more information. The program is made possible by Humanities Kansas.

Ruralpreneurs are innovative entrepreneurs who built successful enterprises in small town Kansas. This presentation highlights real-world examples of Kansas entrepreneurs who have built businesses and created jobs and opportunities in a rural setting. Additionally, this presentation honors the emerging role of diversity, technology, and telecommunications that have brought profound changes in society.

Ron Wilson is director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University. He has served as a legislative assistant; a staff member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; and as vice president of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. He produces a weekly radio program and news column about rural Kansas called Kansas Profile.

“Ruralpreneurs: Tumbleweeds and Talents in Kansas Communities”is part of Humanities Kansas’s Movement of Ideas Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and workshops designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.

For more information about “Ruralpreneurs: Tumbleweeds and Talents in Kansas Communities” in Belleville, Kansas contact the Republic County Historical Society Museum at 785 527-5971 or visit

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