About the Wichita E-Community

The Wichita E-Community is the first E-Community serving urban areas in Kansas. The Wichita E-Community was established during a series of collaborative meetings during 2012 and officially launched to serve entrepreneurs in 2013. The E-Community connects entrepreneurs to resources to start and grow successful businesses, including low-interest loans, education, and other resources. 

NEW: Entrepreneurship Training
The Wichita Entrepreneurship Community is now offering a second course of the Kansas Ice House Entrepreneurship Program in Wichita beginning March 11, 2015.

March 11 - April 29, 105
Wednesdays, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
$50 (entire session)

Wichita Workforce Center
2021 N. Amidon, Suite 1100
Wichita, KS 67203

To learn more about the program, contact NetWork Kansas, Wichita-E-Community Partner and Ice House sponsor, at (877) 521-8600 or visit www.kansasicehouse.com to learn more and to apply.

The Wichita E-Community 

Serving Qualifying Low-Income Areas

The Wichita E-Community offers entrepreneurs practical resources to help you start and grow your business located in qualifying low-income areas of Wichita*. Apply for loan funds or access other capital to startup or expand, work with qualified professionals to address your specific business questions, or access a statewide network of specialized business resources at low or no cost.

*Applying business must be located in an area with a population of 20% or greater living below the poverty level. Interested business owners should confirm their business is in a qualifying area before applying. 

Wichita Census Map

Wichita Census Map

Am I Eligible to Apply for an E-Community Loan?

Call (316) 978–7334 to check if your business is located in an area that qualifies for Wichita E-Community loan funds.

Apply for an E-Community Loan

Download Wichita E-Community loan application

•  Call (316) 978-7334 to determine your business or future business is located in a qualifying area. If eligible, you will speak with a trained referral coordinator who will direct you to the best contact to proceed.
•   Complete the Wichita E-Community loan application, including all necessary supporting documents and transmit completed applications to:

200 West Douglas Suite 710
Wichita, KS 67202
Fax: (316) 262-7062
Phone: (316) 262-7035

•   You will be contacted regarding the status of your loan application.

Access Additional Resources to Help Start and Grow Your Business

NetWork Kansas can connect you at no cost to 500+ business-building resources across the state of Kansas. These resources offer low or no-cost assistance to entrepreneurs at all stages in the business lifecycle with all types of needs, from help writing a business plan to conducting market research, and more. 

Referral Center
Referral coordinators are available Monday through Friday to take phone calls and emails so that you can get connected with a professional in the state best suited to assist with your particular need. Call (877) 521-8600 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (CST) or send an email to info@networkkansas.com to contact a referral coordinator. 

Click here to learn more about available resources for entrepreneurs.

About the E-Community Partnership

A NetWork Kansas E-Community is a partnership that allows a town, a cluster of towns, or an entire county to raise seed money for local entrepreneurs through donations from individuals or businesses within the community.

The E-Community Partnership has grown from six communities in 2007 to fifty-five in 2016.  During the first eight years of the E-Community partnership, more than $7.7 million has been loaned to over 285 businesses, leveraging an additional $35.5 million of additional capital (bank loans, owner down payment, resource partner loans, etc.).

Learn more.