The Cloud County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the 2018 May Slate Selection for the Get in the Cloud small business grant program administered by CloudCorp. Six applications were considered by the Get in the Cloud Grant Committee and five were funded.
Cozy Corner Daycare
Jessica and Travis Palmer are opening a Childcare Center in Concordia, expanding upon their current home daycare business. This center is located at 18th and Olive Street in Concordia and will have the capability of hosting 24 children from infant to school age. Jessica is currently contracted with Early Headstart and plans to follow their education curriculum. The center will feature two different classrooms. One is for infants and toddlers to 2.5 years of age. The other room will house preschoolers ages 2.5 years to school age. The Palmers have requested funding for the fire system and permanent playground yard. The committee awarded the project $15,000.
Jerlynn Johnston Agency, LLC
Jerlynn Johnston started working at Shelter Insurance in June of 2016 and has become one of their top sales persons. She decided to move out of her rented space in downtown Concordia and purchase another downtown building at 209 W. 6th St. She and her husband have been working to renovate the building for her agency as well as additional space for other professionals looking for an office. The completed office will offer professionals the opportunity to rent an office with a shared conference room, receptionist, bathroom, and kitchenette. The committee awarded the project $25,000.
Todd Stupka and Nathan Regnier started Eco Solutions in 2017. They provide services including energy audits, commercial roofing, commercial painting, and foam insulation. They purchased the old Henry Enterprises building in early 2018 and have since completed a series of renovations to the building. They requested funding to assist with some finishing aspects of their building along with rocking the driveway to allow for semis to back into the building. The committee awarded the project $10,000.
Jenna Wise purchased Fusions Salon + Spa from Debbie Honeycutt in January, 2018. Honeycutt purchased a new building for the business across the street from the old location and Wise has invested funds to renovate the building. In order to get the building operational for clients, Wise invested in the cosmetic changes needed to get business going. She has applied for funds to fix the drainage issues at the back of the building and install a new HVAC system. Since opening their doors, they’ve added another stylist and a nail technician. The committee awarded the project $25,000.
Trana Dockins purchased the local Miltonvale café 15 years ago. The Kountry Kafe has become an important part of the community, not only acting as the town’s restaurant but also the community gathering place. Trana would like to update and expand her bathrooms. Currently, they are very small and difficult for the elderly population (and tall population) to use. The committee awarded the project $5,450.
The total amount requested during this grant cycle was over $180,000. The Get in the Cloud Grant Committee was awarded $140,000 this year from the Meridian Way Wind Farm funds. The committee awarded $80,450 this grant cycle leaving $59,550 for the next round of grants due September 1.
The Get in the Cloud grant, established in 2014 by CloudCorp, is now in its fifth year of granting entrepreneurs the funds to grow and develop their small business in Cloud County. A total of 34 businesses have been awarded grant monies by the Commission from the wind farm gift provided by EDP Renewables. This program continues to provide support through mentoring and access to capital.