Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Kechi city officials are looking at the possibility of using small grants to create a business renaissance.
Richard Wolf owns a woodworking business in Kechi but he also is a landlord.
Wolf owns a building that has been subdivided to accommodate small businesses.
So far he has one tenant, but he has high hopes for the future.
That's because the city council is considering the creation of a small business grant of $500 designed to encourage small artisan business to set up shop in Kechi.
Wolf said the proposed 500 DOLLAR grants just make good sense.
The money would be a one-time grant to help an existing business relocating to Kechi or a business originating in Kechi.
Kechi Chamber of Commerce President Janet Faust says $500 may not sound like much but it could mean a lot to business just starting out.
"We figured $500 would pay for the first six months of utilities," Faust said. "That could mean a lot to someone just starting out."
Faust said the city is forming the Kechi Arts and Business Council which could apply for grants.
The grants could lead to more financial grants in the future for Kechi.