Entrepreneur Opportunities

Chase County has resources and funding opportunities in place to help jump start your business.

 

EDUCATION AND BUSINESS PLANNING

Start Your Own Business Class
Annually in Spring

This 2 credit hour class is approximately 6 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Flint Hills Technical College. Topics include: Deciding on a Business & The Business Plan, Understanding the Regional Market & Market Research, Organizational Structure & Insurance, Licenses, Permits & Zoning, Basic Accounting, Cash Flow & Financing, Expansion, E-commerce, and Employee Relations. Download the Brochure.

Kansas Small Business Development Center
1200 Commercial Street
Cremer Hall Room 130
Emporia, Kansas 66801
620-341-5308
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The Kansas Small Business development Center (KSBDC) has a branch just 15 minutes from Chase County, in Emporia. The KSBDC network provides free, confidential, one-on-one consulting. solutions to business problems. They offer education and guidance in such areas as:

  • Business plan assistance
  • Financial projection development
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Marketing plan development
  • Human Resources
  • Sources of capital and financing
  • Inventory control procedures
  • Product costs analysis and pricing
  • Advertising strategies
  • Sales technique

 

SMALL BUSINESS FUNDING

E-Communitiy Loan Program Up to $45,000

The Chase County E-Communities program was created through a Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship Tax Credit program in 2008. It is a program offered by the Chase County Economic Development, Inc Committee to encourage entrepreneurial activity in Chase County.

Qualifying entrepreneurial projects may include start-up businesses, as well as existing business purchases and/or expansions. Two types of funding will be offered from the fund: grants and low-interest loans. Grants shall be reserved for those projects determined to have the greatest weighted cumulative score (see scoring criteria on page 4 of the application) and will primarily be reserved for projects that demonstrate a high likelihood of success. Loans with a very low interest rate are the more common funding mechanism.

The minimum loan request is $3,000 with a $45,000 maximum amount available per applicant business.

Who Qualifies:

  • Anyone wishing to start, purchase or expand a business in Chase County

Use of Funds:

  • Machinery/equipment
  • Inventory
  • Building or Land acquisition
  • Working capital
  • Site improvements
  • Infrastructure improvements

For complete details and to apply for the program, Download the Application.

 

BUSINESSES NEEDED

The Chamber has identified the following business types as needed within the county:

  • Coin-Operated Laundromat – NOW OPEN!
  • Coffee Shop – NOW OPEN!
  • Sports Bar
  • Fitness Center – NOW OPEN!
  • Ice Cream Parlor
  • Spa
  • Pharmacy
  • Brewery
  • Outdoor Outfitter

 

 

Slow Down! Look Around!

Slow Down! Look Around!

I was surprised in my friends back yard today! I was surprised by a friend stopping by at work! I was surprised to see the sun today! I was surprised to find a treasure at one of the local businesses today! I would not have had any of these surprises if I has not slowed…

Enjoy the Day Everyday!

Enjoy the Day Everyday!

This was spotted yesterday in a friend’s back yard in Wichita, thank you Janie Chisholm! It reminds me that Spring is just around the corner! Yay! The rain has already begun here in Chase County with more to come. But, there has been a break in the rain this afternoon and mild temperatures. I took…

LMI Aerospace

LMI Aerospace

Job Opening

LMI Aerospace in Cottonwood Falls has an opening for a 2nd shift custodian apply at www.lmiaerospace.com

Step into Spring

Step into Spring

I was reminded just the other day by my own footprint that spring is not far off! And I really needed reminded! Most of the snow is gone and luckily we did not have as much as some. Rain is in the forecast for Saturday. Is there a saying for February that involves harsh weather?…

Blue Skies

Blue Skies

I want to apologize to mother nature about yesterday‘s post. She has blessed us this morning with blue skies! And I for one am very grateful! Today is chock-full of things to do both here at home and around the county. You will not have any difficulty finding a place to eat today all the…

Don’t let the weather stop you, but be safe!!!

Don’t let the weather stop you, but be safe!!!

This winter is really testing us! I know it is Kansas and winters here can be tough, but come on!! I am reminded that it will be spring again sooner or later by the baby goats and calves that are being born. I love the pictures on social media of the newborns. Last Tuesday I…

Shop for Your Valentine or Yourself!

Shop for Your Valentine or Yourself!

The weather will be beautiful Saturday for a trip to Chase County! Shop for your Valentine or someone special, like yourself! Grab a bite and just enjoy the day! Head on out to Pioneer Bluffs Saturday night for an evening of old fashioned fun! Spend the night at one of our guesthouses, hotel or resort…

Good day for a Ride

Good day for a Ride

Wow! What a beautiful Sunday! Hope you got to get our and enjoy it! What a difference a day can make! This morning was brutal, wow that wind! The sun just came out  and this afternoon they say it will warm up a bit. I sure hope they are right. Even on a blustery morning…

Maybe no sun but there will be open signs!

Maybe no sun but there will be open signs!

Chase County is the place to be today! Forecasted high is 64°! Many of the shops in downtown Cottonwood are open for shopping. Don’t forget all the restaurants  in both Strong City and  Cottonwood Falls  are open today, also. What a beautiful day yesterday was.  I attended a bridal shower at one of the guest…

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