CONCORDIA, KS- The Cloud County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the 2018 September Slate Selection for the Get in the Cloud small business grant program administered by CloudCorp. Two applications were considered by the Get in the Cloud Grant Committee and one was funded.
Chad & Malinda Sallman, Brock Sallman and Dena & Loren Miller are joining forces to bring back Taco Grande to Concordia. They plan to reopen the beloved restaurant in its original location at 1421 E. 6th St. The original restaurant opened in 1975 and closed down when the franchise folded in the 1990s. A group of owners from Hays purchased the franchise and original recipes and Concordia will be the first new store under that franchise. The Sallmans and the Millers plan to employ up to 15 part time people along with a manager. They plan to be operational in the spring of 2019. They requested grant funding for interior and exterior permanent renovations to bring the building back to operational status.
The total amount requested during this grant cycle was almost $60,000. The Get in the Cloud Grant Committee was awarded $140,000 this year from the Meridian Way Wind Farm funds. The committee awarded $25,000 this grant cycle leaving $34,550 for the next round of grants. CloudCorp will accept grants at any time between now and April 2019 and will convene the grant committee on an as-needed basis.
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 35 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.