COLUMBUS - NetWork Kansas recently announced that Thomas Niegisch, with KissTECH, LLC in Columbus, was awarded a $5,000 Kansas Department of Commerce JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneurs Grant. The JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneurs Program was designed to incentivize and encourage business growth while enhancing the entrepreneurial spirit throughout the state.

To be eligible for the grant, applicants were required to meet criteria such as operating in a rural area, providing an innovative product or service, and improving the quality of life in their area. In addition, applications were to be submitted via a NetWork Kansas Resource Partner or ECommunity. The Cherokee County E-Community fulfilled this role for KissTECH.

“We became an E-Community in an effort to support local entrepreneurs and create a more entrepreneur-friendly climate,” said Cherokee County Economic Development Director Janet Miller. “We were excited to learn that KissTECH’s grant application was successful and look forward to watching the company grow.”

KissTECH is a computer service and repair company serving Columbus and the surrounding area. Niegisch created the business in 2016, but it did not become a full-time venture until 2017. He operates out of a storefront on the square in downtown Columbus but also provides services on site at customers’ homes and businesses. Niegisch will use the JumpStart grant to add retail inventory, refurbish computers for sale to customers, and otherwise grow the business.

“KissTECH is committed to serving the region with the absolute best customer service,” said Niegisch. “This grant has allowed us to offer additional products and services to our customers and we are very excited about what the future has in store.”