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Midwest Venture Alliance – The Midwest Venture Alliance invests in high-growth seed and early-stage technology companies. A typical criterion includes a market opportunity large enough to create a business with at least $30 million in annual revenue.
Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation – Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation provides seed and early stage capital to Kansas entrepreneurs.
Kansas Venture Capital, Inc. – Kansas Venture Capital, Inc. (KVCI) is a licensed small business investment company that provides equity financing primarily to small and middle market Midwestern companies demonstrating potential for substantial growth and long-term equity appreciation. KVCI’s primary focus is companies with over $5 million in revenue.
U.S. Department of Agriculture – The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers energy efficiency improvements grants, renewable energy systems grants, loan guarantee programs, and other options for small businesses.
Federal Grant Resources – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides a number of financial assistance programs for small businesses including 7(a), 504 and disaster assistance loans. Though the SBA does not provide grants to help you start a business, included is information on organizations and sites that can assist you in locating special purpose grants.
Kansas Business Grant Sources – Kansas Business Grant Sources This grant source is a starting point for state and local units of government and other interested parties for researching grant opportunities online.
Kansas Department of Commerce Programs – There are a variety of incentive and service programs for business development.
Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities – The Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities is currently working on the Kansas State Plan for Developmental Disabilities for 2007 – 2011. The Council is required to develop five-year goals through data-driven strategic planning for advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change related to the areas of emphasis provided for in federal law.
Kansas Association of Certified Development Companies – The Kansas Association of Certified Development Companies exists to promote and assist in the growth and development of small business concerns in the State of Kansas through its support of your local Certified Development Company.
StartUp Kansas – StartUp Kansas promotes an entrepreneurial environment throughout the state of Kansas by establishing a central portal that connects entrepreneurs and small business owners with the right resources; expertise, education, and/or economic, at the right time.
Meat and Poultry Inspection Program – The Meat and Poultry Inspection program licenses and inspects meat and poultry plants in a manner that is “equal to” federal inspection. It also responds to consumer food safety concerns involving meat or poultry products.
Pesticide and Fertilizer Programs
Feed and Seed Program – The Agricultural Commodities Assurance Program (ACAP) regulates the quality of feed, pet food and seed. Inspectors routinely visit feed mills, pet stores and other retail and wholesale outlets to verify that products are properly labeled and to collect samples to send to the Agricultural Laboratory for analysis. These inspections help ensure that consumers are receiving quality products.
Dairy Program – The Dairy Inspection Program licenses and inspects dairies, milk haulers, milk bottlers, cheese makers and other milk or dairy processing facilities. They also inspect ice plants, and beer, wine and cider producers and bottlers.
Food Safety and Lodging Program: Food Service – The Division of Food Safety and Lodging is responsible for food safety involving eggs and for inspections at grocery stores, restaurants in grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants, schools, senior meal sites, mobile food units, lodging facilities, food wholesalers and warehouses, food processors and food manufacturers.
Food Safety and Lodging Program: Lodging – Lodging facilities, including hotels, motels, boarding houses (bed and breakfast homes), lodges and rooming houses, are licensed, monitored and inspected to ensure that acceptable sanitation levels are maintained to minimize health and safety hazards that could lead to illness or injury.
Plant Protection and Weed Control Program – Plant Protection and Weed Control staff work to ensure the health of the state’s native and cultivated plants by excluding or controlling destructive pests, diseases and weeds. Staff examine and analyze pest conditions in crop fields, rangelands, greenhouses and nurseries. Action taken to control potential infestations of new pests, whether they are insects, plants diseases or weeds, is beneficial to the economy and the environment. The program also issues the appropriate certificates for Kansas-grown commodities to be marketed nationally and internationally.
Weights and Measures Program – The Weights and Measures Program is responsible for inspecting all kinds of commercial weighing and measuring devices involving scales used in grocery stores, grain elevators, livestock sale barns, pawn shops and other locations. They also inspect gas pumps and meters used to sell chemicals or to sell propane to home owners. They inspect packages containing edible and inedible products to ensure that the consumer receives the quantity stated on the label and verify that in-store scanners scan the correct price.
Water Structures Program – The Water Structures Program regulates manmade activities affecting the flow and overflow of any stream by ensuring, within limits imposed by laws and courts, that such activities are properly planned, constructed, operated and maintained for their authorized purpose without adversely affecting the environment, public health and welfare, and public and private property.
Water Appropriations Program – The Water Appropriation Program administers the Kansas Water Appropriation Act and rules and regulations pertaining to the management of water resources. This program issues permits to appropriate water, regulates water use and maintains records of all water rights in the state.
Americans with Disabilities Act – The Americans with Disabilities Act is a 1990 federal law that forbids discrimination against persons who are disabled.
ADA Guide for Small Businesses – This 15-page illustrated guide presents an overview of some basic ADA requirements for small businesses that provide goods and services to the public. It provides guidance on how to make their services accessible and how tax credits and deductions may be used to offset specific costs.
United States Patent and Trademark Office – For over 200 years, the basic role of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has remained the same: to promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries (Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation’s technological progress and achievement.
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