Entrepreneur Opportunities

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



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
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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



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.



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