A leading expert on the economic impact of shopping malls, discount department stores and "big box" stores will share his insights on how small local businesses can compete with these giants in a seminar that will be offered on two consecutive days in Great Bend.
Dr. Kenneth Stone, author of Competing with the Retail Giants: How to Survive in the New Retail Landscape, will conduct a session from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, and again, from 8-10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the Highland Lodge Heritage Room, 3100 10th St., Great Bend.
The seminar is sponsored by Fort Hays State University's Kansas Small Business Development Center, the Great Bend Tribune and the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce. Cost for registration is $40 per business for up to five employees. A $5 charge will be added for each additional employee.
Stone is a professor of economics at Iowa State University. He has conducted more than 300 seminars for community groups and trade associations across the United States. He has also presented research to a White House conference on small business and has testified at a Joint Economics Committee of Congress hearing.
His work has been featured in Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report as well as on "CNBC Nightly Business News," "CBS Evening News" and "Good Morning America."
To register, call the Great Bend Tribune, (620) 792-1211 or, toll free, at 1-800-950-8742.