Norton County was selected as a 2011 Entrepreneurship (E-) Community and was awarded tax credits that were sold, enabling the Norton County E-Community to establish a loan fund used to assist local businesses. As of June 2021, 21 loans have been made to local businesses. This program has been a great tool to keep the local economy vibrant and growing.
The Norton County Entrepreneurship (E-) Community emphasizes development of community resources to create a flourishing entrepreneurial environment.
The E-Community’s three fundamental principles are:
Local representatives from throughout Norton County will serve on the E-Community Leadership Team. This team determines the strategy and vision for the E-Community.
The Financial Review Board will evaluate prospective loan applications from local businesses.
The Norton City/County Economic Development office will provide assistance with the application, and the staff is also available for consultation on starting a new business or expanding an existing business.
Mike Posson, Executive Director
Norton City/County Economic Development
205 S State Street
Norton, KS 67654
A NetWork Kansas Entrepreneurship Community has made a commitment to cultivate an entrepreneurial environment by identifying and developing resources to help local entrepreneurs start or grow businesses. An E-Community has a locally controlled loan fund to assist entrepreneurs with capital and connectivity to resources to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses.
NetWork Kansas was established as a component of the Kansas Economic Growth Act of 2004 to further entrepreneurship and small business growth as a priority for economic and community development in the State of Kansas. Backed by more than 480 partners statewide, the NetWork Kansas service promotes an entrepreneurial environment by connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners with the expertise, education and economic resources they need in order to succeed. For more information about NetWork Kansas, visit www.networkkansas.com, or call 877.521.8600.
To learn more about the E-Community Partnership, Contact:
Erik Pedersen, Director of E-Communities
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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