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Our goal is to sustain long-term economic health and vitality of the City through the retention, expansion and attraction of businesses and development that enhance property values, increase personal income, and make a positive contribution to the quality of life of the citizens of Great Bend.

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Local Entrepreneur highlights


Dilly & Doc

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Marketing Maven

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Ana Hayson


Tammy Hammond

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Melissa Baldwin

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Chelsea Mitchell

Great Bend is GREAT in large part due to so many local entrepreneurs that have put in the time and effort to be successful, in turn making our economy successful. These stories are just some of the many inspiring success stories here in our community. 

Have you ever had a business idea but didn't know where to start?! Come see us TODAY to talk about the options available for start up businesses! We need your ideas to #growgreatbend !


Project Come Home

Are you from Great Bend and are curious to know how you would fit back into our thriving community and what opportunities might be available for you? What if you could move home to Central Kansas AND get help paying off student loans for living and working in Barton county, KS?!

Do you have outstanding student debt?

Have you graduated college within the last 7 years?

Do you currently live outside the Golden Belt area?

This opportunity may make sense for you!


Great Bend Economic Development is proud to promote the Golden Belt Community Foundation's Come Home reverse scholarship. 


As GBCF provides the funds for this amazing scholarship, Great Bend Economic Development has taken on the recruiting; seeking individuals that would fit into this scholarship as well as fill a need in the community. 


​Contact us today for more information OR apply for the reverse scholarship by clicking below.​​​​​​​​​​

Loft Project Grant Application

Do you own a property in downtown Great Bend with second story space that is currently not being used? We want to help you turn that unused space into residential loft space or commercial business space! Click below to access the grant application and see all of the details!

Let's GROW!!

Brush Up Great Bend

Are you ready to spruce up the exterior of your home? Check out our new paint and supplies grant program called "Brush Up Great Bend." Click below for details and application!

GROW Workforce

Are you a company looking to hire top level positions? OR are you a community member that loves Barton County and wants to get paid in CASH to recruit people to the area?! Check out our recruiting incentive program here!

Workforce Summit Business Survey

Tell us what you want to see:

  • from keynote speakers

  • for jobseekers

This short survey will allow us to bring you the information YOU want for our 1st annual Workforce Summit. COMING SPRING 2022!

Executive Assistant to the Director Job Opening

Are you seeking employment in a fast-moving, ever-changing environment? One that's challenging, creative, and rewarding? Are you passionate about Great Bend and Barton County and desire to see it grow? This position may be for you! Click below to find out more about our job opening and see if you're the right fit! Please send resumes, with cover letter included, to


Why Businesses
Love Great Bend.


As an Economic Development Organization we get access to many events, webinars and classes to support businesses and offer education to enable growth. In effort to make sure all of our business have the opportunity to find the latest in educational tools and events across the state and online, we'll be updating this agenda daily with any new opportunities. 


With our ever changing world we want to make sure we provide you with every opportunity to stay up-to-date on all things Great Bend, KS - follow our Facebook page to see all the wonderful Great Bend highlights. 

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