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Kansas Sampler Foundation Puts Focus Rural Business

Small town business owners face unique obstacles and opportunities.

Helping potential new small town residents understand those is what "Bring Your Own Lawn Chair," a rural awareness series sponsored by the Kansas Sampler Foundation is all about.

This Saturday, Aug. 30, the public is invited to set up chairs in front of Murphy's Mercantile in the tiny town of Stark in Neosho County to hear the latest presentation from owners Rick and Portia Murphy. The Murphys will talk about how they went about setting up their business in a town of 105 residents. The presentation starts at 10 a.m. Lunch will be available tat Murphy's and at the Cherokee Grill
Visitors are encouraged to stick around to shop, have lunch and shop some more.

The Kansas Sampler Foundation, based in Inman, is dedicated to promoting Kansas destinations and supporting rural Kansas businesses and communities.

Foundation director Marci Penner said the foundation has chosen four rural communities to showcase in the "Bring Your Own Lawn Chair" series.

Glasco in Cloud County was featured on June 7. Morland in Graham County will be featured Sept. 13 and a barn near Dexter in Cowley County will be the focus of an event on Oct. 18.

Saturday's featured town, Stark, is about 17 miles east of Chanute. For more information, e-mail [email protected], call 620-585-2374 or go to

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