COLUMBUS - The Cherokee County E-Community is excited to offer the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program again this fall. The program is a nine-week course that allows participants to learn from successful real-world entrepreneurs and develop the skills to identify entrepreneurial opportunities and to transform an idea into a sustainable success. It is a good fit for current business owners as well as aspiring entrepreneurs, students, and others interested in learning to approach challenges as opportunities; not hindrances.

The course will be held on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m. starting Sept. 13, and running through Nov. 8, and will be led by certified Ice House facilitator Janet Miller. Classes will take place at the Cherokee County Economic Development Corporation Office, 201 E. Pine, Columbus, KS.

The program cost is $100 for adult participants from Cherokee County, $75 for high school and college students from Cherokee County, and $150 for adults and students from outside the county. The cost includes all course materials as well as dinner at each session.

Past participants have found the classes helpful. Chantell Rather, Sweet Pear Bakery, had the following to say about her experience: "To be honest, I didn't want to take the Ice House classes, but my husband talked me into it. And, boy am I glad I went! I learned so much, but most of all, I gained courage and self-confidence. If you are thinking about taking the class, rest assured that you won't be disappointed."

Online registration is available at Or, you may register by calling Janet Miller at 620-762-0717. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.