The Cloud County Board of Commissioners approved the slate of awardees for the Get in the Cloud, Cloud County Small Business Grant program.
Earlier this year, the Cloud County Commissioners established the Get in the Cloud Small Business Grant Program. The grant program is only for businesses with 50 employees or less. Applicants must reside in Cloud County Kansas or own a small business physically located in Cloud County, Kansas. Both start-up companies and existing businesses can apply for funds. Each applicant can apply for 50% of start-up costs, up to $50,000 for their venture. The grant funds can only be used for permanent upgrades to existing structures or building a new structure.
In order to qualify for the grant, new businesses must show personal financial soundness, a business plan, proof they have completed the Small Business Development Courses, and obtain a business mentor. For existing businesses, they must show three years of business financials and details of their project. Ventures must prove that they are benefiting the community by bringing in more customers and providing new or expanded product lines. Once an application is deemed complete by CloudCorp staff, applicants will go before a 7 person committee to pitch their business plan. The seven person committee is comprised of business owners in Cloud County. The committee will make a slate of recommendations to the County Commissioners every two months.
The first round of applications was due on July 1, 2014 and the 7 person committee met on Monday, July 21 to consider applications. Five area businesses were awarded funding:
Glasco Locker Plant owner Kelly Cool, Glasco, was awarded $30,000 to expand his business, adding an additional freezer unit in a lot adjacent to their current building.
Britt’s Fountain and Gifts owners Tammy and Bill Britt, Concordia, were awarded $19,500 for building repairs and additions in their new downtown business.
Ayres Insurance Agency owner Tammy Marrs, Miltonvale, was awarded $30,000 for the restoration of a downtown Miltonvale building for the insurance agency and to house two local non-profit organizations.
Valley Rental Center owners James and Becky Kindel, Concordia, were awarded $30,000 for their continued renovations of the old Lincoln School Building into an events space.
Urban Couture Salon owner Nicole Gieber in partnership with building owners James and Mechelle Reynolds, Concordia, were awarded $20,000 for the construction of a new building at the former Westside Inn building site in Downtown Concordia. Gieber will operate a beauty salon and spa in that location.
The total amount of funds awarded was $129,500.00, leaving $20,500.00 for the next round of applications due September 1st. Interested business owners can pick up applications at the CloudCorp office or print them off online by clicking here.