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Grow Hays is your partner in business success. Whether you are starting a new business, expanding an existing business, adding to your workforce, need to find financing, or just don’t know where to start on a problem, Grow Hays is here to assist.

Give us a call to find out how we can assist you in your business success.






Mark your calendars! 

pITch  -  what's your bright idea?
Tuesday, April 23rd
630pm at BriefSpace

Grow Hays - Investing in Ellis County is holding a competition for entrepreneurs, prospective startups or existing business owners to present their business idea to three judges and an audience. Plus, the winner will receive $500!

Those interested in making presentations should contact Grow Hays at 785.628.3102 or emailing There will only be FIVE presenters with ideas!

CLICK HERE for the application - - - - - >  pITch application

YEC - Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge


NetWork Kansas’ Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Partnership announces the 2018-2019 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Series.

The YEC Series consists of local-level youth entrepreneurship competitions hosted by volunteers. The goal of the competition is to expose Kansas middle school and high school students to entrepreneurship. Forty-one local events in Kansas cities and counties will culminate in a state championship hosted at Kansas State University on April 30, 2019.

Ellis County YEC is scheduled for March 20, 2019.  Details will be posted here and on our FB Page -


We are Grow Hays!


For Immediate Release

June 12, 2018


Local Economic Development Organization

Announces New Name and New Location

 During the March 2018 meeting of the Ellis County Coalition for Economic Development's Board of Directors, the group unanimously voted to change its name to Grow Hays. The change in name to Grow Hays is but one of many outcomes associated with the organization's ongoing evolution and rebranding effort. 

Long known for its efforts to promote a robust local economy through business creation, retention/expansion and recruitment, Grow Hays has offered instrumental support toward numerous community successes. A few of those many successes include the arrival of Hobby Lobby, a soon to be constructed convention center, development of innovative job training initiatives, and BriefSpace, a co-working space.

Grow Hays manages and will relocate to BriefSpace in early July. BriefSpace, located at 219 West 10th Street in Downtown Hays, is a shared working environment for work at home professionals, start-up entrepreneurs and traveling business owners/employees and consultants.

As another part of its evolution, Grow Hays reduced the size of its governing board from 23 to 13 members, with the stipulation that the communities of Ellis, Hays and Victoria shall each be represented by having at least one of its residents included on the board. 2018 board members include Ron Fields, Joannah Applequist, Lance Bickle, Joseph Boeckner, Les Brown, Karen Dreiling, Eddie Herrman, Mary Martin, Bob Muirhead, Deron O'Connor, Doug Williams and Mike Downing (Ellis representative). The Victoria representative seat is currently vacant and the group continues to seek applications for the remaining position.

“Grow Hays is dedicated to promoting economic growth in Ellis County. The re-branding, new board of directors and BriefSpace co-working project are examples of how we are working towards our mission of business creation, retention/expansion and recruitment,” said Doug Williams, Interim Director. 


Welcome to Grow Hays Online

Hays, America is a university community of 20,862 people located half way between Kansas City and Denver on Interstate 70. We are the regional hub of Northwest Kansas for retail, education, medical service, entertainment, and recreation. Ellis County annually has one of the top retail pull factors in the state.

Our downtown is being revitalized with unique shops and entertainment and the north side of town is expanding with additional retail offerings. We have a very diversified mix of businesses in the area although agriculture and oil are still major parts of the regional economy. The Hays Regional Airport offers four commercial flights each day to Denver. And, according to recent rankings by Progressive Farmer, E-Podunk, and BizJournal; Hays, America has a great quality of life. We happen to agree. Ellis County is also the home of two bedroom communities Ellis and Victoria.


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with your job search

You can reach them at 785.625.5654
or stop by the local KANSASWORKS office -
332 East 8th Street
Hays, Kansas 67601

Contact Us

Grow Hays or
Hays Has
219 West 10th
Hays, Kansas 67601
Phone: 785-628-3102

Doug Williams / Director

Ernee Sly  / Office Manager