Service Providers
Enterprising Rural Families: Making it WorkTM

What is Enterprising Rural Families?
ERF is an objective, research- and expertise-based online self-paced 26 week course for rural family businesses. The primary focus of this course is the issues and challenges that face family-members in the family business.

Why have we developed the course?
Rural family businesses don’t have access to a lot of resources that emphasize the family issues and challenges in the family business. Based on comments and requests for assistance from rural family businesses and from service providers, we realized there was a need for a course that would help families deal with the family issues facing them in their businesses.

What makes us different from other programs?

  • ERF is online which means it is flexible – one can “take” it at any time day or night.

  • It is designed for the business person/family that does not have a lot of time to sit in classes or to travel to a course site.

  • It is designed with the understanding that people in family businesses are very busy, often having to tend to daily and seasonal enterprise demands and daily family demands. ERF allows them to complete the course over a period of six months if needed.

  • It is unique because of its focus on family issues rather than business issues.

  • It is relatively inexpensive.

What are the benefits of Enterprising Rural Families to referral agencies and service providers?

  • A way to provide impact for clientele.

  • ERF can act as a referral for service providers and could use ERF as a referral.

  • The course provides easy access to a unique resource so service providers appear current to their clientele and supervisors.

  •  ERF provides the convenience of not having to develop service provider materials and resources.

  • Education of professional/staff, making them more aware of risks facing rural family businesses, in particular the risks to the individual and family unit; an increased awareness of the complexities of the individual and family systems in the rural enterprise.

  • An opportunity to be part of a resource that is unique in dealing with families and individuals in a business setting.

How do the referral agencies/service providers get more information?
The ERF website also has information on course price and registration.