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ENTREPRENEUR OPPORTUNITIES

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

Education & Business Planning...

Start Your Own Business Class

Annually in Spring. This two-credit hour class is approximately six 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 Start Your Own Business Brochure HERE!

Kansas Small Business Development Center

1200 Commercial Street
Cremer Hall Room 130
Emporia, Kansas 66801
620-341-5308  |  Visit Website

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...

Community 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 – NOW OPEN!

  • Fitness Center – NOW OPEN!

  • Ice Cream Parlor – NOW OPEN!

  • Spa – NOW OPEN!

  • Pharmacy

  • Outdoor Outfitter