Free Donuts and Coffee – and Some Tech Stuff

With just under two weeks to go until our technology conference, we wanted to tell you a little more about how the event was funded and what to expect if you attend!

America’s Farmers Grow Communities

We are very excited to announce that Gene and Jan West have directed a $2,500 donation to the Kiowa County Media Center from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund!

The Grow Communities program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers to support the causes that are important to them. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to win a $2,500 donation that they direct to a local nonprofit of their choice. Since 2010, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program has given more than $26 million to more than 8,000 nonprofits across rural America.

Free Donuts and Coffee – and Some Tech Stuff

Due to this generous donation, we will be able to hold a free technology conference on August 3 from 9 am to 12 pm. The conference will focus on programs that increase productivity and communication in the workplace. Grant and Mike will teach the basics and benefits of When I Work, Asana, and Slack. We use all three programs in our daily work at the Media Center, and we would be lost without them!

Education is at the core of our mission, and it is also the purpose of this conference. We are not being paid a commission from any of these companies. Our workflow has improved so much with the use of these programs, and we want to share our knowledge with anyone who will listen!

The Lineup

9:00 AM – When I Work is an employee scheduling and time management program. I save so much time when I run payroll because everything is neatly tallied and organized in one spot. The program also integrates with Quickbooks Online, which streamlines the process even more.

10:00 AM – Asana focuses on project management. I can make a list of all the tasks I need to complete and assign due dates to them. I can also delegate tasks to someone else in the organization. When they complete the task, I get a notification so that I know it has been done. Without Asana, my office would be one big pile of sticky notes!

11:00 AM – Slack organizes all of our team communication. I can message anyone in our team, share files, and create channels with special topics (such as a channel all about the tech conference!). All of the programs mentioned have apps for iOS and Android, so I can even use them on the go.

I’ve just mentioned a few of the main features of each program. Mike and Grant will go more in depth and teach you how to use them in your daily life.

Join Us on August 3

If you are interested in registering (for free!), simply go to our Facebook page and click on the event “Free Donuts and Coffee – and Some Tech Stuff.” You can also sign up by going to We are only asking you to register so that we have an estimate for donuts and drinks. If you forget to sign up, please don’t let that stop you from attending!

So be sure to join us on Thursday, August 3, at the Twilight Theatre! You are welcome to bring a laptop to follow along, or you can just watch on the big screen. If you can’t make it that day, we will be recording the conference and posting the link at a later date. We hope to see you there!

This project was made possible by a local farmer and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

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