CONCORDIA, KS- 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 second round of applications was due on September 1, 2014 and the committee met on Monday, September 15 to consider applications. Two area businesses were awarded funding:
Jitters Coffee House, owned by Corinna Hood and Noah Strait, was awarded $5148.00 to create a back patio, expanding seating by half.
Wentz Historical Properties, owned by Nancy and Monte Wentz, was awarded $15,352.00 to continue improvements to the Kansas Bankers Building. They have retained one tenant, recruited another and will have the capability of housing two more after completion of the project.
The total amount of funds awarded was $20,500.00, utilizing the remaining funds in the 2014 allocation of the Get in the Cloud Grant fund. Those seeking funds are encouraged to contact CloudCorp or visit their website at www.cloudcorp.net to stay up to date on funding cycles and upcoming application periods.