Shawnee approves incentives to help small businesses

Small business owners looking to move out of a garage or spare room will get some help if they decide to locate in Shawnee.

The city on Monday approved an incentive program that will help startup businesses with lease or property tax payments for moving into town. The new program will give small employers in designated “high growth” industries a hand up at the earliest stage of their existence in hopes that they will eventually grow and attract even more business, said City Councilman Brandon Kenig, who first proposed the program.

The council added the assistance to its existing Shawnee Entrepreneurial and Economic Development program, which originated as a small loan program in 2012.

The program offers to reimburse companies for all or part of the expenses of an office in two ways.

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