By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Leader & Times
In an effort to jumpstart Liberal’s economy, Economic Development Director Jeff Parsons is in the final planning stages of a Small Business Night to provide information for those interested in starting a small business or expanding an existing business.
From 5 to 7 p.m. on May 3 at the Rock Island Depot, Parsons said, a multitude of information will be available for the public to utilize.
“Basically, what we are going to be doing is just offering an opportunity for folks who want to start their own business or have businesses that want to expand,” Parsons said. “We want to give them an opportunity to talk to folks that have some information for them.
“What we have done is we have invited folks from the Department of Commerce, from the Small Business Development Group from the college, we have bankers coming, we have got Great Plains Development Inc. out of Dodge City and basically they provide small business financing,” he explained.
Individuals providing information will be available for one-on-one conversations regarding opening or expanding a small business.
“So, we have bankers, real estate people, state government,” he said. “Basically, those are just resources if people have questions they can talk to them. We also will have folks from the Chamber. We have put together information on some different companies that do franchises.
“All that information will be there available to folks that are interested in starting their own business,” he continued. “Maybe this is just a way to get the thought process going. We will have some information as far as the steps involved in starting a business, that sort of thing. Basically, it is just a bunch of people that have a bunch of information to provide to people who are interested in starting their own business or expanding the business they have.”
Parsons said the upcoming Small Business Night will not include any presentations, just a place to gain information from the proper channels.
“It is kind of a come-and-go thing, there will be no presentations,” he said. “We will set up tables for all those folks to be at. So, if someone wants to have a conversation with a banker, they can have a conversation with a banker or realtor or whoever.”
Parsons hopes interested parties will mark their calendars for the evening of May 3.