Shear Elegance, Elkhart

This project was a business expansion for the Elkhart based salon, Shear Elegance. Owner Rachel Sparkman said about her project: "I started my business 10 years ago, with piece-together equipment and what little money I had, to start what I believe has been a very successful business that has grown over time." GPDI assisted Ms. Sparkman in combining loan funds from her local bank and the Morton County E-Community. One job was created and one job … [Read more...]

Great Plains Development awarded grant from ITC Holdings Corp.

ITC Holdings Corp./ITC Great Plains recently awarded Great Plains Development, Inc. (GPDI) a grant for community service to the 28 counties of southwest Kansas. Kim Goodnight (right front), ITC Great Plains Regional Manager of Local Government and Community Affairs, presented a check to Dan Fankhauser, President and Marsha Ewy, Director of the GPDI board of directors. Pictured (back) from left to right, GPDI staff Nikki Simmons, Bob Wetmore, Paul … [Read more...]

El Charro Distribution Center LLC, Dodge City

El Charro Mexican Restaurant has been a Dodge City icon since 1978. Business owners Mr. and Mrs. Rincon have secured a business expansion and are going to begin packaging, distributing, and selling their favored salsa regionally. GPDI prepared the application for funds. The owners partnered with the Dodge City/Ford Co. E-Community and Landmark National Bank. Two jobs were retained and one new job created. … [Read more...]

Pawnee Valley Lumber LLC, Larned

This is a family business that has served Pawnee County for decades. These funds assisted in the acquisition of the business for the next generation. GPDI prepared the application for funds. The owners partnered with Pawnee County Economic Development, Offerle National Bank, and GPDI EDA/RLF. Three jobs were created.   … [Read more...]

Angelic Threads Quilting, Jetmore

Janet Woods is a skilled seamstress. For nearly twenty years she designed quilts for friends and neighbors, launching her business in the basement of their home. In the past couple of years, Mrs. Woods' business expanded to the point she needed more room and wished for a place of business in town that would be easily accessed by the community. GPDI prepared the application for funds. The owners partnered with the Hodgeman County Micro Loan and … [Read more...]