Small Biz Resources

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As a part of the Coffeyville Area Chamber of Commerce’s service to small and entrepreneurial businesses, the following list of web sites provides key information and data needed for businesses to relocate and expand in the Montgomery County area. The resources and contacts listed offer valuable support to entrepreneurs wishing to turn dreams into profitable companies. Additionally, if you would like more detail information including how to write a business plan, please read our CACC Business Startup Guide. Please be advised this list provides general information and is not intended as legal advice.

Starting Out – Various Resources

The U.S. Small Business Administration provides materials and support for the small business owner on taxes and other issues. The SBA also offers information on lending institutions. The SBA can be reached at (800) 827-5722. The site for the US Small Business Administration offers on-line free classes, newsletters, resources, and chats.

The Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) located at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas is a REGIONAL resource for the small business person. Its objective is to provide a support center with resources and assistance for the small business person. Any individual interested in starting a small business or existing small business firm may receive assistance from the KSBDC. There is no charge for their services; however, there may be fees charged to cover costs associated with training courses. The center is located at:

Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway Street
Pittsburg, KS 66762

The Montgomery County Action Council (MCAC) is the economic development agency for Montgomery County, KS. The communities of Caney, Cherryvale, Coffeyville, and Independence came together to form the Action Council that includes over 100 members from private industry, small business, public entities and individual citizens to collaborate on a long-term partnership to set the direction for economic development in Montgomery County. MCAC membership is open to any business, organization, or individual interested in promoting business and economic development in Montgomery County. MCAC is located at:

Montgomery County Action Council
116 S. 6th St./PO Box 588
Independence, KS 67301

The Coffeyville Area Chamber of Commerce provides a working alliance of business and professional people that work together to make a positive impact on the economic, educational, civic and social welfare of Coffeyville and the area. The Chamber is located at:

Coffeyville Area Chamber of Commerce
807 Walnut/PO Box 457
Coffeyville, KS 67337

The City of Coffeyville Planning Commission makes the plan for development of the city and any unincorporated territory outside of the city limits, but within Montgomery County. The opinion of the Planning Commission forms the total community of which the city is a part. The plan constitutes the basis for public action to insure a coordinated and harmonious development or redevelopment which best promotes the health, safety, morals, order, convenience, prosperity and general welfare of the community. The City of Coffeyville offices are located at:

City of Coffeyville
102 W. 7th St./PO Box 1629
Coffeyville, KS 67337

Montgomery County – your source for news, information and links about government in Montgomery County, Kansas. The website provides information useful to any new business with links to the county appraiser, county clerk, environmental health/zoning, public works and register of deeds to name a few of the departments. To contact a specific department via phone use this link – MG County Departments.

The County Offices are located at:
Montgomery County Courthouse
217 E. Myrtle
Independence, KS 67337

Fab Lab ICCVisionFab Lab ICC is within the Innovation Learning Center on the main campus of Independence Community College in Independence, KS. The Fab Lab is a creative space providing community and student access to advanced manufacturing and digital fabrication tools for learning academic and vocational skills, developing innovations and inventions, creating businesses and producing personalized products. Fab Lab ICC is one of about 500 MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) chartered Fab Labs in more than 27 countries and the first within a Kansas community college. Activities, classes and seminars include not only training to operate the lab equipment, but also training in creativity and design inspired by methodology of the Stanford University Design School. Access to the Innovation Learning Center and Fab Lab ICC is available to students, businesses and community members through either enrollment in related ICC coursework or paid membership. Fab Lab ICC is located at:

Fab Lab ICC
1057 W. College Ave.
Independence, KS 67301

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce website has a very useful small business page linked here. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. It includes hundreds of associations, thousands of local chambers, and 106 American Chambers of Commerce in 94 countries. Note: Certain access requires membership.

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