CONCORDIA, KS- The Cloud County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the 2016 May Slate Selection for the Get in the Cloud small business grant program administered by CloudCorp. Five applications were considered by the Get in the Cloud Grant Committee and five were funded.
Broken Arrow Saloon, Aurora
Susie Kindel is the owner of Broken Arrow Saloon in Aurora. This restaurant not only provides the only dining option in Aurora, but also acts as a community center and gathering point for citizens. Susan is planning on adding central heating and air, adding an outdoor patio, and fixing the sidewalks in front of her building. These improvements will help her expand her customer base, especially in hot summer months. The committee awarded full funding of $19,934.55.
Me & Ma’s Bakery, Concordia
Marc Swihart and Megan Eakins opened up Me & Ma’s Bakery in December 2015. They offer Daylight Donuts and an array of bulk candy and confections. Marc and Megan are upgrading their electricity to allow for more ovens and equipment including a downstairs entertainment area for kids. They also plan on fixing the roof and tuck pointing the front of the building. The project was awarded full funding at $25,000.
Thunder Strikez, Concordia
Sandy and Dwight Housh are owners and operators of Thunder Strikez Bowling Alley in Concordia. This facility offers both open bowling and tournament opportunities. The Housh’s are applying for funds to add synthetic lanes. Their current wood lanes require major upkeep and are undesirable for those bowlers looking to improve scores. The addition of synthetic lanes will allow the Housh’s to recruit more tournaments into Concordia. The addition of more bumpers will allow for more kid parties. The project was awarded funding for $26,500.
Seifert’s Jewelry, Clyde
Dawn and Scott Seifert own and operate Seifert’s Jewelry in downtown Clyde. This jewelry and repair shop has been in Clyde for 114 years. Scott and Dawn are planning on adding a backroom addition to allow for more clock repair. Large clock repair takes up considerable space and is time consuming. They are the only clock repair specialists in the region. This addition will allow them to take on more projects and grow their repair business. The project was awarded $15,000.
Glasco Seed House, LLC, Glasco
Cy Schmidt in partnership with his dad Justin Schmidt and Uncle Kelly Cool plan to open a new business in Glasco called Glasco Seed House, LLC. The business will be set up at the south end of Glasco in an old storage ben once part of the elevator. In this facility, they will clean seed wheat along with cover crops and other seed. This business will allow Cy to return home to the Glasco area after graduating from K-State and start working on the family farm. The project was awarded $15,000.
The total amount requested during this grant cycle was $187,753. The committee’s slate request is $101,434.55, leaving $48,565.45 for the July 1st grant period.
The Get in the Cloud grant, established in 2014 by CloudCorp, is now in its third year of granting entrepreneurs the funds to grow and develop their small business in Cloud County. A total of 19 businesses have been awarded by the Commission from the wind farm gift provided by EDP Renewables. This program continues to provide support through mentoring and access to capital.
“There is a strong spirit of entrepreneurship in Cloud County and that is reflected by the applicants,” said Ashley Hutchinson.
The grant committee left the most amount of funds for the second round than they ever have in past grant years. There is no better time than now to visit with Ashley at CloudCorp and discuss all matters of the application process. This beneficial program encourages many members of our community to continue with fresh ideas in improving or starting their small business.