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Your Business Starts Here...

Russell County Economic Development is able to provide assistance of business plan development, resource identification, and financial assistance free of charge. 


If you have a business idea and aren't sure where to start... Contact Us! 


Your First Steps... 


Educational programs are provided year round in partnership with the Department of Commerce, Department of Ag., Russell County Area Community Foundation, Lucas Chamber of Commerce, Nex-Tech, Kansas Works, USDA, Network Kansas, Dane Hanson Foundation, Kansas Small Business Development Center, and many other valuable organizations.

Kansas Department of Revenue - 

* Business Registration

*Sales Tax Policy

*Tax Eligibility

*State Regulations

                                   And much more...


Business Plan Development -

In partnership with The Kansas Small Business Development Center at Fort Hays State University Russell County Eco Devo can help new entrepreneurs realize their dream of ownership and assists existing businesses in their efforts to remain competitive. SBDC services enable Kansas entrepreneurs to make better, more informed business decisions, to avoid costly mistakes, and to prepare thorough and complete business plans needed both to obtain financing and to effectively manage their operation. Services are confidential and free of charge.

Fort Hays State University

600 Park ST - Custer Hall 110
Hays, Kansas 67601
(785) 628-5615


Financing Assistance -  


New and existing businesses in Russell County have several options to consider for financing. Re-financing for existing businesses is also an available.

Russell County Eco Devo Loan:

Up to $15,000 available per loan at 4% interest over 5 years. Business plan, projected financials, 2 years tax returns and collateral required.

Russell County E-Community Loan:

RCED is privileged to be a partner with Network Kansas and designated as an E-community. The e-community loan is intended as gap financing to help entrepreneurs start or grow a business in Russell County. The loan program matches the RCED loan or Russell Main Street Loan 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. *Same requirements and terms as listed for RCED loan.

Additional Options:
*Bank loan options *Russell Main Street Loan *Nex-tech Loan * Pioneer Country Development – SBA packaging and loan availability * Network Kansas - Start Up Kansas, Kansas Capital Multiplier, and the Women & Minority Business Multiplier. *NWKS Innovation Center Loan

Storefront/Signage Grant:

This grant is meant to enhance promotion of businesses and physical design of businesses in Russell County. Eight grants are given out each year through a competitive application process. The program provides $2,000 towards a minimum investment of $4,000 by the business owner.


Marketing - 


In partnership with Project 17 & USDA Rural Development, Russell County Economic Development can help your small business with different avenues of marketing and promotion. 


This resource will offer an introduction and on-going connection to free one-on-one advice, connection to resources, and partnerships that will utilize professional marketing and sales assistance to:

  • Design, strategize, and implement marketing plans and tactics

  • Assist with the creation of a website

  • Create a new or updated logo

  • Improve your social media marketing

  • Strengthen your ability to sell your products through various e-commerce sites

  • Strengthen your brand

  • Grow your customer base

  • Increase your sales

Resource Identification - 


Job Search - 

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