Norton County has a new emergency notification system called CivicReady. This Interactive Emergency Preparedness and Notification Solution is a great tool that will allow Norton County to communicate with citizens quickly and efficiently before, during and after an emergency. Citizens can be reached through the website, email, SMS, voice calls and social media platforms. FEMA-sourced emergency preparedness content is easily accessible to citizens to keep our community informed in the event of an emergency. Please log-on to the website now, http://ks-nortoncounty.civicready.com/, and enter your contact information along with your specific notification preferences.
The Annual Norton Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet will be held on Monday, March 23 at the Norton Eagles Lodge. The guest speaker will be the Peterson Farm Brothers. Tickets are now on sale. Banquet details are available here.
Colby Community College is expanding their Massage Therapy Program to the Norton Campus. The press release is available here.
The 27th Annual Tri-State Toy and Collectables Show will be held at the National Guard Armory on Saturday, March 14 from 9am to 3pm. Click here for the flier.
Three Small Business Tax Workshops are being presented Wednesday, March 25 in Colby at the Thomas County Office Complex, 350 S Range Ave. The workshops are also being offered in Hays on March 24 at the Sternberg Museum, 3000 Sternberg Drive. The time schedule of the workshops is shown below.
9:00 am - Noon: The Ks Dept of Revenue will present information on Sales and Use Tax
Noon - 1:00 pm: Bring your lunch and get an overview of unemployment tax requirements and worker classification from a representative from the Ks Dept of Labor
1:00 - 3:00 pm: This workshop will be devoted to sales tax issues specific to construction contractors and subcontractors (plumbers, carpenters, roofers, electricians, etc.)
The workshops are being offered free of charge, but space is limited - pre-registration is required. To register, go to: www.ksbdc.ecenterdirect.com. Click on "Training Events" and then choose FHSU Outreach Center in Colby or Hays from the center drop down box. Click Search. These workshops are sponsored by the Ks Dept of Revenue and the Kansas Small Business Development Center.
The Norton County E-Community is offering a business opportunity for an entrepreneur with skills and experience in Web Development and Design. Earlier this year, representatives from key businesses and organizations in Norton County coordinated with the Kansas Department of Commerce in the Local Technology Planning Pilot Program. Norton was one of four communities that participated in this program with the goal of prioritizing and advancing local opportunities in the growing digital economy. Broadband technology plays a critical role in fostering economic development and job creation. Community stakeholders worked through a strategic process that determined Norton County has extensive broadband coverage with great speed, but the county is lacking in the support for businesses' online presence. Many businesses need websites and want help with marketing through social media.
Details about this opportunity are available here.
The Kansas Small Business Development Center at Fort Hays State University recently launched a free online business planning tool. The "Business Plan Tool" is an impressive online resource to assist individuals in developing a business plan as they prepare to start a business, expand a business, apply for financing, prepare to sell their business, or to redefine their organization and company goals. The Press Release with all the details can be found here.
Norton Public Library events for the week of March 2nd
Chess Club for kids will meet at the Norton Public Library on Monday, March 2nd from 4-5pm. An after-school snack will be provided.
"Mother Goose Moments," an interactive story-time for babies through age 2, will be held at the library on Tuesday, March 3rd at 10:30 am. Bring your little ones for musical games, stories, and snacks.
Preschool Story-time will be held at the library on Thursday, March 5th at 10:30 am. In celebration of National Nutrition Month, special guest Patsy Maddy, from K-State Twin Creeks Extension Agency, will be presenting a program for the preschoolers. Come join the healthy fun with stories and other activities!
Now available for the community's use at the library is a 27-inch laminator.
Are you looking for information about local businesses? The Norton County Business Directory is now on-line and available under the Chamber of Commerce or Economic Development tabs.
Bricks are still available for Norton Veteran's Memorial: The Norton Veteran’s Memorial, located on west Highway 36 in Water Tower Park, was dedicated in May, 2012. A granite memorial stone was erected and the memorial includes paving bricks etched with veteran’s names, military branch and years of service. Bricks can still be purchased to honor Norton’s Veterans. Contact Gary or Carol Erlenbusch at 785-877-5611, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.