Small Business Resources

Cowley First is here to help you navigate the questions of starting, growing or buying a business and have partners we work with on a regular basis. There are many resources that are available to businesses at the regional, State and Federal levels to provide additional assistance and information.


The State of Kansas has a valuable website specific to operating a business in Kansas. This is a great resources if you’re needing to register your business, have questions about general operations or looking for related departments in Topeka. You’ll find a lot of information at Doing Business in Kansas.

The SBA, US Small Business Administration, is a Federal program that offers a wide range of business support programs and funding options. Visit the SBA Website to see their full offering. Here are some helpful quick links: Accounting | Business Plans | Buying or Selling a Business | Demographics |Exit Strategies | Exporting | Franchising | Human Resources | Insurance | Internet/E-commerce | Legal | Marketing/Advertising/PR | Microloan Programs | Minority Owned | Nonprofit | Taxes | Technology/Inventors | Veteran |

Another Federal program that could be beneficial to businesses is government procurement. As the acquisition arm of the federal government, GSA (US General Services Administration) plays a vital role in connecting the private sector with federal agencies fulfilling their business needs. GSA offers professional services, equipment, supplies, telecommunications, and information technology from commercial businesses to government organizations and the military through acquisition solutions from its Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). Find more information about Selling to the Government.


NetWork Kansas provides a resource navigator tool that will help you find the resources you need. You can access the tool here: Resource Navigator.

The Kansas Business Center has links to nearly every business related agency in Kansas. In addition, you can file some business related forms online.

If you’re looking for funding for your business, SCKEDD (South Central Kansas Economic Development District) can help you. With several funding options, they are a great resource to check out. SCKEDD

Additional Resources

Kansas Agritourism Links – Kansas State University

Website Assessment Tool from Website Grader – Free assessment to measure your site’s marketing effectiveness

Kansas Regional Economic Analysis Project

Local Resource

Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce: 106 S. Summit St. (620) 442-0230 –

Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce: 123 E 9th Ave. (620) 221-2420 –