What is Enterprising Rural
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
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
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
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.
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
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.