CONCORDIA, KS- The Cloud County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the 2016 July Slate Selection for the Get in the Cloud small business grant program administered by CloudCorp. Four applications were considered by the Get in the Cloud Grant Committee and four were funded.
Moody Hue Studio, Concordia
Sarah Chavey is the owner/operator of Moody Hue Studio in Concordia. She offers paint classes, tutorials and parties for patrons of all ages. She moved her operation from her home into a studio at Valley Rental Center more than a year ago. With business booming, Chavey would like to increase her market share by offering open paint hours, which requires a location with heavier foot traffic. Chavey would like to take advantage of the foot traffic in Downtown Concordia by moving her operations to a downtown location. The building they have chosen will require significant interior design changes. The project was awarded $25,000.
Old Mill Custom Cabinets, Glasco
Karen Berndt has recently moved her cabinet business from Georgia to Glasco. She offers custom cabinet work and helps customers establish new footprints for their kitchens, bathrooms, storage areas, etc. Karen’s current facility is in need of a finish room to ensure dust particles are eliminated from the finishing process. As business picks up, she also needs a restroom and office for her location. Karen already has a waiting list of customers and this improved facility would allow her to fulfill orders and potentially hire an additional person fulltime. The project was awarded $13,500.
Designs 4 U, Concordia
Jeannie Waters operates Designs 4 U, a full service shirt business with an embroidery machine, vinyl heat press and screen printing. The business is currently operating out of her garage. She would like to move her business to another location to offer a storefront location. She has purchased the old drive thru bank at 1301 Broadway and plans to renovate the building for her business. Her project was awarded $5000.
Clyde Hotel, Clyde
Jerry Stenberg has owned and operated the Clyde Hotel since 1969. Over that time, the Stenbergs have completely renovated the property. This labor of love has resulted in a beautiful property in Clyde. Currently, there is an exterior retaining wall that needs to be replaced to maintain the structural integrity of the property. The Stenbergs have applied to replace this wall along with other improvements to the property. Their project was awarded $5000.
The total amount requested during this grant cycle was $101,224. The committee’s slate request is $48,500, utilizing remaining funds for 2016.
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 23 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.
While this concludes the program for 2016, Hutchinson recommends businesses start work now for the 2017 award cycle. “2017 will be here before you know it,” said Hutchinson. “It takes some time to put together income and expense projections, gather estimates, and complete a business plan. The sooner you start, the better.” For assistance in getting started with a small business, contact CloudCorp at 785-243-2010.