Welcome to


  • Providing international, credit/non-credit courses via the world wide web


  • Teaching a process for finding success, resilience, and satisfaction for rural families engaged in enterprises


  • Allowing collaboration between educators and family businesses across the United States, Australia, and Canada




   Read about the international launch of Enterprising Rural Families: Making it WorkTM at the Beef 2003 Exposition in Rockhampton, Queensland.

   Enterprising Rural Families (ERFTM) is an international course for the rural family in business. ERFTM teaches a process of finding success, resilience and satisfaction for rural families engaged in enterprises; including agriculture. Instructors from the United States, Canada and Australia have teamed together to offer this course that focuses on the three main components of a family business: individuals, the family unit and the business enterprise. This course also allows families in business to increase their awareness of cultural differences and similarities and improve their understanding of global issues. The course consists of written presentations, online chat sessions, threaded discussions, readings, videos, case studies and individual projects.  Using these mechanisms, the online interaction provides rural families with both the tools and skills to resolve immediate family business issues and build a profitable business for the future.

Click here to read the entire paper presented at the International Farm Management Congress held in Perth, August 2003.


For more information
contact us at: information@eRuralFamilies.org

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