Incentives and financing

Business Incentives 
To determine your company's location requires thought-out decisions about economics, living conditions and the current state of the business environment. The state of Kansas and Manhattan community provide economic incentives to help this decision; incentives designed to provide new and expanding companies with a competitive edge to reduce start-up and long-term operating costs. We'll help you get started.
Local incentives 
  • Economic Development Funds (EDF): 2012 half-cent sales tax extension to improve roads and fund economic development; provides incentives to attract and assist new and expanding businesses.
  • Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs)
  • Tax abatement for new or expanding industry
  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF)

City of Manhattan

State incentive programs 
  • Financing assistance
  • Investment and job creation tax credits
  • Workforce training incentives
Kansas Department of Commerce 

Riley County/Manhattan Entrepreneurial Community
Revolving loan fund to provide gap financing to small businesses (fewer than 25) located in Riley County and municipalities located in Riley County except some portions of Manhattan.

Chamber Economic Development Services 
  • Business expansion and retention assistance
  • Commercial property resources and referrals
  • Development process facilitation with public officials
  • Local/state development program referrals and coordination
  • Site selection and assistance
  • Trade area information and demographics and traffic counts

Angel Investing


Manhattan Chamber in partnership with Mid America Angels has an active angel group of individual investors who hear pitches monthly. Investments are in the range of $250,000 to $1.5 million in seed, Series A or Series B rounds. Contact Trent Armbrust for more information.