Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship

Objective A: Continue to work closely with Network Kansas on their programs and participate in loan programs and small business development.

Strategy 1: Continue to develop use of the E-Commerce Revolving Loan Fund, which is available to start-ups and other small business for gap financing.

Strategy 2: Promote economic gardening as a program to assist growing businesses in enhancing their market as well as their business plans and profitability.

Strategy 3: Promote other Network Kansas Programs such as Kansas Ice House and Growing Rural Businesses where entrepreneurs gain significant knowledge about business development.

Objective B: Work Closely with Kansas State University and its Center for Community Engagement and the Business Department to assist small business and Pottawatomie County.

Strategy 1: Develop close working relationship with Kansas State University in several areas especially with rural enterprise programs and inside their business department to assist individual small businesses on a one on one basis with business students.

Strategy 2: Examine the feasibility and use of the Small Business Development Center having them work closer with the financial institutions and developing more seminars and workshops to benefit small businesses in Pottawatomie County.

Objective C: Specifically design programs to assist tourism that will benefit small businesses and target new retail opportunities that will enhance the tax base in Pottawatomie County.

Strategy 1: Conduct a series of retail studies in key target locations that will most benefit the quality of life and tax base in Pottawatomie County and create a strong retail mix.

Strategy 2: Financially support tourism/visitor opportunities in Pottawatomie that will demonstrate economic value for a community by conducting cost-benefit analysis for each event. Events such as the Wamego Tulip Festival and the Pottawatomie County fair qualify.

Strategy 3: Support eco-tourism programs, such as the Kansas River bicycle trail by seeking more funding and reviewing grant opportunities with the Flint Hills Regional Council.