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
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.
- Anyone wishing to start, purchase or expand a business in Chase County
Use of Funds:
- 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
- Sports Bar-NOW OPEN!
- Fitness Center – NOW OPEN!
- Ice Cream Parlor
- Spa-NOW OPEN
- Outdoor Outfitter