Our Mission

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.

2023 Grow Hays Board

Grow Hays, Inc. is accepting candidate applications for board of director positions that will open in 2023. There will be four open positions the board will be looking to fill. Prospective candidates must be willing to serve a three-year term. The Grow Hays Board meets a minimum of once a month, on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 3:30 pm. Board members are occasionally asked to serve on additional committees, which meet as required.

2023 BOD Application Fillable


Grow Hays Inc. is a nonprofit organization aimed at advancing the economic health and vitality of Ellis County. Long known for its efforts to promote a robust economy through business creation, retention, expansion, and recruitment, Grow Hays continues to develop and maintain strong relationships with local, state, and federal organizations in an effort to bring resources and support to businesses located in the community.


If you have any questions regarding the expectations if they are elected to the board, or the nature of the work required of Grow Hays Board members, please call Grow Hays at 785.628.3102.

Candidate applications are available at BriefSpace, 219 West 10th.


The deadline to apply is noon November 10th, 2022.

ICE HOUSE; Think Like an Entrepreneur 8 Week Workshop


Hays, KS – Grow Hays, in association with the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, announces the ‘Think Like an Entrepreneur’ – Ice House Entrepreneurship Program offered in Ellis County starting September 14th, 2022. Sessions will be held over eight-weeks, Wednesdays September 14 through November 2nd.The program fee of $150 for adults and $75 for students. The fee covers catered meals. We are offering an early bird price of $100 if signed up and paid by September 2nd. The goal of the course is to teach participants to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

Taught by Kris Munsch, a certified Ice House facilitator, this interactive 8-week program provides practical entrepreneurial lessons through first-hand experiences of successful, real-life entrepreneurs. Based on the book, Who Owns the Ice House, this curriculum consists case studies along with individual assignments, assessments, and discussion topics. This popular course is offered only a handful of times per year across the state and Grow Hays is excited to have local Kris Munsch teaching the course.

“To think like an entrepreneur, you need to begin at the beginning. The beginning is “what is a mindset?”.  I believe we need that understanding, a foundational building block of self.  From there, we can seek, explore, and build our path”, Kris Munsch, Ice House facilitator.


Registration is limited, and in-county attendees will have priority to fill the course. Out of county attendees are welcome to register but may be put on a waiting list. The deadline to register is Friday, September 7th, 2022.

For more information contact Ernee Sly at 785.628.3102 or ernee@growhays.com


Week #1 – Wednesday, September 14 – Power of Choice

Week #2 – Wednesday, September 21 – Recognizing Opportunity

Week #3 – Wednesday, September 28 – Ideas into Action

Week #4 – Wednesday, October 5 – Pursuit of Knowledge

Week #5 – Wednesday, October 12 – Creating Wealth

Week #6 – Wednesday, October 19 – Building Your Brand

Week #7 – Wednesday, October 26– Creating Community

Week #8 – Wednesday, November 2 – The Power of Persistence


For more information about NetWork Kansas or the E-Community Partnership, visit www.networkkansas.com.

Sign up form:

2022 Ice House Sign up Form


To pay online:



Housing Rehab program update

After much discussion with the Housing Rehab Committee, Dane G. Hansen Foundation Board of Trustees, Grow Hays Board Members and area realtors, the maximum selling price has been raised to $175,000.  This is done due to current housing situation.       

If you have any questions or would like more information on the Housing Rehab Program, please call Doug or Ernee at 785.628.3102

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