Business Resources

BUSINESS RESOURCES & DEVELOPMENT

The Chamber provides programs and services that contribute to the start-up and growth of businesses in Baldwin City. The goal of our efforts is to sustain long-term economic health and vitality of Baldwin City through the retention, expansion and attraction of businesses and development that enhance property values, increase personal income, and make a positive contribution to the quality of life of the citizens of Baldwin City. Our local partners in business include:

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Douglas County E-Community, Jill Jolicoeur, jjolicoeur@douglas-county.com, 785-330-2890

  • Your Baldwin City Chamber actively participates with the Douglas County E-Community, a program of Network Kansas that is coordinated locally by Douglas County with the goal to provide resources to entrepreneurs to start and grow small businesses. Douglas County, in association with the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, is proud to support the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) program.  Douglas County is one of many communities across Kansas to host a locally organized event designed to give high school age students a hands-on entrepreneurship experience.
  • E-Community meets the third Thursdays/month, 3:00 pm. Location varies.

Network Kansas

  • NetWork Kansas is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kansas that connects aspiring, emerging, and established businesses to a wide network of business-building resource organizations across the state.
  • Shelley Paasch – Regional Manager, Network Kansas, Douglas County E-Community Contact: spaasch@networkkansas.com, 620-515-4138

Douglas County, KS  – running a business

Kansas Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – part of America’s Small Business Development Center Network, the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States. The SBDC provides existing Kansas small businesses, start-ups, and pre-venture entrepreneurs with confidential no-cost business advising and resources for every stage of the business life cycle. All services are confidential and advising is at no cost to the business owner.

  • Your local SBDC is located right here in Douglas County at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, 718 New Hampshire, 785-843-8844. Contact either Will Katz, willkatz@ku.edu or Kristina Mease, kristinamease@ku.edu.
  • Brian Dennis, Director, Cybersecurity Center for Small Business.

United States Small Business Administration

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.
  • SCORE – For over 50 years, SCORE has served as America’s premier source of free business mentoring and edcuation.

WORKFORCE SERVICES

  • Lawrence Workforce Center 
    • The Lawrence Workforce Center is a single point of entry to a network of employment, training, and educational programs and providers in Douglas, Franklin, Jefferson counties.
  • KANSASWORKS
    • The Kansas Department of Commerce administers the KANSASWORKS workforce system, which links businesses, job seekers, educational institutions and training providers to ensure the state’s workforce is equipped to meet industry needs.
  • Kansas Dept. of Commerce, Division of Workforce Services 
    • The Department of Commerce is responsible for administration of labor exchange, labor recruitment, general assessment, testing, and screening services for employers and job seekers. The Local Workforce Development Board establishes policy, eligibility guidelines, and provides the designated administrative entity with any guidance needed to ensure successful Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) training program administration within the region.
  • Kansas WorkforceONE 
    • The Kansas Association of Workforce Boards (KAWB) is a coalition of the five Local Workforce Boards (LWIBS) across the state. Local Workforce Investment Boards (LWIB) operate with the dual purpose of ensuring the local employers are competitive in the global marketplace and have a skilled workforce, and that residents of local areas have access to career paths that lead to family-sustaining jobs. Through KAWB, the executive directors of each LWIB collaborate on issues of common interest and concern, promote best practices and support regional sector strategies to ensure Kansas has the skilled workforce needed to strengthen and grow the Kansas economy.

FINANCE & INCENTIVES

LOCAL & REGIONAL

  • Network Kansas Matching Loan Programs
    • NetWork Kansas matching loan programs are designed to support private capital by providing matching funds to assist startups and existing businesses that are expanding. A variety of loan programs are offered based on geography, matching loan amounts, and project need.
  • E-Community Loan Fund
    • NetWork Kansas Entrepreneurship (E-) Communities create a revolving loan fund that is reviewed at the local level. The loans are intended as gap financing to help entrepreneurs start or grow a business in a specific community. The loan program matches public sources of capital and bank loans, and can provide up to $45,000 per project. Funds are flexible and can be used for a variety of business purposes, including startup costs, purchasing an existing business, business expansion, working capital, inventory, and more.
      • Neighborhood Revitalization Program  – The program offers tax rebates to eligible residential, commercial and industrial property owners. The purpose is to improve the building inventory of a community by promoting new construction and renovating existing buildings. 
      • Baldwin City Façade & Mural Grants ProgramThe goal of this Program is to promote and encourage the rehabilitation of commercial building facades within the downtown area of the community.
      • Building Permit Fee Reduction
      • Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRB)
      • CID/TDD TIF Districts
      • Baldwin City Economic Development – Beautification grants encourage business and/or property owners to improve and bequtify the exterior appearances of their buildings. 

 

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Resources for Entrepreneurs

Kauffman Foundation

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