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Rural Grocery Initiative

Step 2 - Getting Started


After assessing the potential market for a grocery store, it is important to consider the best store design to meet the grocery needs of the market. The attached document by Jon Bailey of the Nebraska Center for Rural Affairs, details four common business design models: Independent ownership, Community owned, Cooperatives, and School based.

Choose Your Business Structure

Emergence and Growth of Community Supported Enterprises

This document, created by Norman Walzer and Jessica Sandoval examines local efforts by public officials and community leaders to develop Community Supported Enterprises (CSEs). This is becoming one of the more popular business models to retain rural grocery stores.

Choose Your Business Structure

Choose Your Business Structure

This website, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration, provides an overview of different types of business organizations.

Rural Grocery Stores Ownership Models That Work for Rural Communities

Rural Grocery Stores Ownership Models That Work for Rural Communities

This document, created by Jon Bailey of the Nebraska Center for Rural Affairs, details four common store organization models.

Steps to Success for Rural Groceries

Steps to Success for Small Businesses

This document, shared by NetWork Kansas, is a helpful and comprehensive information guide to establishing a new store.

Rural Grocery Store Start-Up & Operations Guide

Rural Grocery Store Start-Up and Operations Guide

This document from the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs is a helpful reference that details considerations for starting a grocery store.

Previous Version Available here.

Supplementary Reports:

The Invest Kansas Exemption

The Invest Kansas Exemption (IKE)

When considering a community owned or cooperative framework, the Kansas Securities Commissioner recommends contacting their office for assistance with working through financial and legal concerns. The Invest Kansas Exemption (IKE) is a project of the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner provided in order to remove some of the regulatory hurdles for small businesses based in Kansas. This is a suggested “first call” before talking with others about public financing arrangements.

Case Examples of Ownership Models

School Owned Case Study

School Based Grocery

Public Private Case Study

Public/Private Partnership

 

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