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
  • Sports Bar-NOW OPEN!
  • Fitness Center – NOW OPEN!
  • Ice Cream Parlor
  • Spa-NOW OPEN
  • Pharmacy
  • Brewery
  • Outdoor Outfitter
Country Christmas

Country Christmas

November 26-27, 2021 Our annual pre-holiday event will include Friday’s Kid’s Night Before Christmas Out, Saturday all day in Strong City & Cottonwood Falls. A Good Old-Fashioned Christmas at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, Holiday Home Tours, Santa’s Reindeer, Visit with Cowboy Santa, Lighting of the Historic Court House, Holiday Parade and more!

Emma Chase Friday Night Music 11/19/21

Emma Chase Friday Night Music 11/19/21

Join us for our 3rd Friday Jam on this Fri Nov 19th. All-acoustic, all-genre Jam starts at 7:30 pm and ends around 9:30. See you indoors at Prairie PastTimes 220 1/2 Broadway, Cottonwood Falls! [Photo below from pre-Covid days] Covid protocol: for your safety and those around you, please wear a mask if not vaccinated…

Thank you!

Thank you!

Angels Care Home Health, serving Chase County, would like to thank all our men and women who have served in our United States Armed Services.

We are thrilled to have Pretend Friend as our feature concert performer for River Suite September 25, 2021!

We are thrilled to have Pretend Friend as our feature concert performer for River Suite September 25, 2021!

Tickets on sale now! Tickets are available for reservation by contacting the Chamber office, email [email protected]  call (12-4 M-F) 620-273-8469 or make your online payment here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=Y2WEKWYMURW82 Tickets are non-refundable. In case of inclement weather the event will be held at the community building at Swope Park in Cottonwood Falls. Pretend Friend is a touring bluegrass…

Emma Chase Friday Night Music IS BACK!

Emma Chase Friday Night Music IS BACK!

We are happy to announce the Friday night jams will resume twice a month – beginning in July at Prairie PastTimes in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. For July, we will start with the 1st & 3rd Fridays. Check Facebook for the August schedule which could change, depending on how this works out. The First Friday (July…

Road Trip Through the Flint Hills

Small town, big roles! Toni Schneider works for the community she loves

Small town, big roles! Toni Schneider works for the community she loves

By Brogan Gillmore During the hot spring days of late May, Chase County holds its annual rodeo, with bull riding, mutton busting, calf scrambles and plenty of beer. And in the thick of it all is Toni Schneider, director of the Chase County Chamber of Commerce, and arguably one of the most involved people in…

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