If you’re thinking of starting a business, we’d love for you to call Hiawatha home! We can help get you connected to local and statewide organizations to get started. Here are a few resources.
The Brown County Microloan program is for small businesses that have modest credit needs and do not qualify for financing from traditional credit sources. Your business could be eligible for the Brown County Microloan if it meets the following standards:
Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitation is a nonprofit organization offering free and confidential business coaching in Northeast Kansas. They are comprised of over sixty volunteers from five counties who care passionately about the success and sustainability of our rural Northeast Kansas region. The board assists rural entrepreneurs in creating or maintaining their small business ventures.
Growing Kansas entrepreneurs is the goal of the Kansas Small Business Development Center. This goal is accomplished by assisting established firms, growth companies and start-up enterprises to meet the unique challenges of today's evolving global marketplace.
Highland Community College began as Highland University in 1858, making it the first college in Kansas. The campus boasts five Associate degrees and has 15 programs that generate technical education degrees. In addition to traditional instruction programs, the college provides courses for members of the community for educational development. Credit and noncredit courses, workshops and seminars are provided as needed or requested by the public or businesses/industries in the college's service area.
The mission of Network Kansas is to promote an entrepreneurial environment throughout Kansas by establishing a central portal that connects entrepreneurs and small business owners with the right resources--expertise, education and economic resources--when they are needed most.
The Kansas Department of Commerce offers a diverse portfolio of financial incentives for rural communities and business that are looking to locate or expand in Kansas. Programs include retention of holding taxes, investment tax credits, sales tax project exemptions and revolving loan funds for local infrastructure projects.