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StartUp Hutch, Downtown Hutch Collaborate to Grow Arts Community

Hutchinson, Kan., Feb 26, 2021 – StartUp Hutch and the Downtown Hutchinson Revitalization Partnership, a program of the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce, have joined forces to grow the local arts community. The organizations collaborated to leverage resources which provided two loans to Sara Nowlan, owner of the Board and Brush Creative Studio franchise, opening in downtown Hutchinson March 13.

With the help of the IWW Loan Program through Downtown Hutch and an E-Community Loan with StartUp Hutch, Nowlan was able to create one full-time position and several part-time positions, and occupy a retail space that was previously vacant at 115 S. Main.

“This project is a great example of multiple community entities working together to make a project happen,” said Jackson Swearer, Entrepreneur Navigator and Program Director at StartUp Hutch. “Collaborations like these are what it takes to create a thriving ecosystem for entrepreneurs.”

Board and Brush is a DIY wood sign workshop which specializes in customers designing and creating projects in the store with help of an instructor. Board and Brush Hutchinson will also offer take-away kits and private events for small parties.

“We are pleased Sara chose Downtown Hutch for the Board & Brush location,” said Lacie Janzen, Economic Development and Downtown Manager for the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber. “We are excited for the opportunity to partner with StartUp Hutch and love seeing our downtown occupied by entrepreneurs investing in their dreams.”

For more information on StartUp Hutch resources, or to join their community of entrepreneurs and business owners, visit or contact Jackson Swearer at 620-665-3319.


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