• 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.

  • Norton Development Corporation

    First State Bank
    c/o John Englebert
    105 W Main Street
    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 Mendi Anschutz
    2418 Vine Street
    Hays, KS  67601

  • Prairie Land Electric

    c/o Jeff Hardiek
    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.

    Watch Here

    Norton County Arts Council Updates! Click Here...


  • Member Spotlight

    NORTON COUNTY MAGAZINE (Est. 2011) Covering the people, life, history and commerce of Norton County! The Magazine is published quarterly.  Thanks to great sponsors, the Norton County Magazine is free to Norton County residents in zip codes 67622, 67645, 67653 and 67654 as well as nearby community 67647. If you live in these zip code areas and are not receiving your issue, let us know.  To subscribe, send your name, mailing address and email address to Norton County Magazine, PO Box 163, Norton, KS 67654 with your check made payable to Frontier Community Foundation. The rate is $24 per year for 4 issues. Carolyn Applegate, Editor.  Contact Information:  (785) 877-3968






  • News Releases

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    The Perfect Time to Travel Historic Route 36 in an RV PRESS RELEASE

    Norton Christian Church Launches Volunteer Delivery Program SEE PRESS RELEASE

    Norton County Community Foundation Launches Emergency Grant Funding Program In Response to COVID-19 PRESS RELEASE HERE