• Business Resource Center

  • Business Plan Outline

    The Kansas Small Business Development Center, located at Fort Hays State University, is a great resource for entrepreneurs as well as existing businesses who are wanting to make changes.

    The KSBDC has created a free business plan tool that is available online to assist entrepreneurs with the business planning process. Developing a business plan is the first stage in starting a business. The business plan tool includes: guide, templates and forms, professional video instruction, a brainstorm capturing feature, consulting assistance and 26 professional interactive tutorials. The business plan tool is available at https://businessplancreator.fhsu.edu/ksbdc/business-tools.

    The KSBDC also offers classes and business development seminars at little or no cost. Their website is www.fhsu.edu/ksbdc, or you may contact the center by email at ksbdc@fhsu.edu or by phone at 785.628.5615.

    Norton City/County Economic Development is also available to assist entrepreneurs in developing a business plan. For an appointment, please contact the office at 785.874.4816 or nortoned@nortoncountyks.gov.

    Mike Posson, Executive Director
    Norton City/County Economic Development

    Looking for Workforce? 

    It’s a very competitive market out there with 2% unemployment in Norton County and 3% Statewide, it can be really tough to fill those vacancies. One suggestion to maximize your exposure is to utilize all possible resources for listing your unfilled positions including www.kansasworks.com, www.nextechclassifieds.com, www.discovernorton.com and other top national sites with search engine capabilities such as Indeed and CareerBuilder.

    First and foremost, we suggest each employer start by setting up an account on the KANSASWORKS site (as above) and post all employment opportunities, especially when seeking skilled trades and professional level positions.  Did you know, as workforce in other areas of the State check in with Kansas workforce centers at job fairs, career centers and unemployment offices, they are steered to login to this site routinely for job searches?  Plus, KANSASWORKS has been aggressively promoting their site with every possible media stream on both statewide and national levels.
    Second, we can also list your local positions on our own website, www.discovernorton.com. We can train your staff to login and list independently, or you can email info directly to our office and we can post the jobs for you. Just email nortoned@nortoncountyks.gov , or phone (785) 874-4816, Verla will be glad to help.
    One last suggestion, if you have a company website, or are working on relocation of a potential recruit, we also suggest including a link to the Norton County Relocation Guide as found on our website at this link: RelocationGuide 
    Likewise, if you know someone seeking employment, KansasWorks.com, NexTechClassifieds and DiscoverNorton.com are all great links to share! For personal assistance with KansasWorks support, call Phyllis in the Hays office at (785) 625-5654. 


  • Norton County Demolition Program

    After completing the application, please return it to the Norton County Clerk.


  • Norton County Revolving Loans

    The following organizations or utility providers manage revolving loan funds to help new and existing businesses in Norton County. Please utilize the following contact information to receive an application. Norton City/County Economic Development is available to assist with the application process and/or business plan writing.

  • Northwest Kansas Economic Innovation Center

    c/o Lucas Goddard
    112 S. Kansas Ave, Ste 313
    Norton, KS  67654


    Norton County

    c/o Robert Wyatt
    105 S Kansas Street
    Norton, KS  67654


    Nex-Tech / Rural Telephone Service Company, Inc.

    c/o Rhonda Goddard, CFO
    145 Main Street
    Lenora, KS  67645

  • Prairie Land Electric

    c/o John Atkins
    1101 W Highway 36
    Norton, KS  67654


    Midwest Energy

    c/o James Wright
    1330 Canterbury Street
    Hays, KS  67601


    Pioneer Country Development

    SBA Lender
    c/o Randall Hrabe
    219 N Pomeroy Street
    PO Box 248
    Hill City, KS  67642

  • Community Partners

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  • Norton Highlights

    Sept. 2017: TRAVELING KANSAS is a local production from Smoky Hills Public Television that highlights communities, people and attractions across the state. This episode explores the past and present with a spotlight on the restoration of several historic buildings in Norton and the economic development efforts throughout the county.

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    Norton County Arts Council Updates! Click Here...


  • Member Spotlight

    Valley Hope of Norton (Founded in 1967) With a 50-year legacy of helping thousands of patients and families, Valley Hope is nationally-known as a trusted provider of addiction treatment and recovery support. Founded in Norton in 1967, Valley Hope provides patient-centered, compassionate treatment to people and families impacted by drug and alcohol addiction. Valley Hope’s residential treatment program includes safe, medically-monitored detoxification from drugs and alcohol, healing therapies, addiction education, family care, relapse prevention planning and long-term recovery strategies. If you or someone you know is struggling with drugs or alcohol, get help 24/7 by calling for a free, confidential assessment. Learn more about addiction, treatment and recovery by calling 1-800-544-5101 or visit https://valleyhope.org