Starting a Business in Dickinson County

Dickinson County has plenty of communities perfect for entrepreneurs. But starting that new business can be a daunting endeavor. The DKEDC has put together all the information needed for anyone to find the confidence to match their passion.

Every good entrepreneur should have a business plan. Developing that plan, determining  funding sources and deciding on the proper business structure to meet your needs all are essential to your success. 

Once armed with a sound business plan, a businessperson can seek to start their operation. But there are several key steps needed to ensure your business gets off on the right foot. Registering with the proper authorities, hiring employees and obtaining all the proper licenses and permits are just a few items necessary to get the ball rolling.

Next, the business manager can focus on operations. There are a number of requirements necessary beyond the specifics of your company. For example, ‘Good Standing Status’ refers to the fact that every business registered with the Kansas Secretary of State must file an annual report. Developing protocol to renew those licenses and permits procured in starting up an operation, along with paying the variety of pertainable taxes, go a long way toward allowing you to focus on the business itself.

One attribute sought by every businessperson is growth. And the state of Kansas proactively offers ways to assist that growth, which can be unique to every business. If physical expansion is required, there are many resources for Kansas business owners looking to grow through incentives, tax credits and other funding. Continuous development for the workforce is another form of growth, including employee education and training necessary to help improve their performance.

Finally, businesses may be sold or closed for a myriad of reasons. There are well laid plans to do so, including notifying the Kansas Secretary of State, Department of Labor and Department of Revenue.

The DKEDC knows the procedures involved with starting your business can seem like a confusing experience. So please see the tabs below for further information on starting your business in Dickinson County!

Starting a Business


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Secondary Education

Abilene Usd 435


AHS Students express what they like about Abilene. Our Kids, Our Town

Chapman Usd 473


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Herington Usd 487


The mission of USD487 is to build cutting edge educational excellence which supports all students and community to be responsible contributing citizens successful in tomorrow’s world.

Rural Vista Usd 487


Unified School District 481 does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, religion, disability or age as to treatment of students in programs and as to employment.

Solomon Usd 393


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Higher Education

Barton Community College


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Bethany College


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Cloud County Community College


Cloud County Community College prepares students to lead successful lives and enhances the vitality of our communities. Cloud County Community College has identified guiding values to help achieve the mission.

Kansas State University


As the nation's first operational land-grant university, Kansas State University is committed to serving the state's 2.9 million residents. After all, a central component of our university mission is to do our part in advancing the well-being of Kansas. And no matter which part of Kansas you call home, K-State offers access to information, research insights and opportunities that enrich the lives of your communit...

Salina Tech


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The University of Kansas


The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 62 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.