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. 

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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:

SCKEDD
200 West Douglas Suite 710
Wichita, KS 67202
Fax: (316) 262-7062
Phone: (316) 262-7035
christie@sckedd.org

•   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.

The NetWork Kansas Entrepreneurship Community Partnership


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A NetWork Kansas E-Community has made a commitment to cultivating an entrepreneurial environment by identifying and developing resources to help local entrepreneurs start or grow businesses. Selected communities partner with NetWork Kansas to establish a locally-administered loan fund to assist entrepreneurs with capital, to increase connectivity to resources available to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses, to initiate activities to generate entrepreneurial development, and to participate in a statewide partnership with other E-Communities. The purpose of the E-Community partnership is to increase entrepreneurial activity and develop a self-sustaining ecosystem favorable to long-term entrepreneurial growth.

The E-Community program, now in its sixth year, has grown from six communities in 2007 to forty-four in 2014. The NetWork Kansas E-Community partnership 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. During the first six years of the E-Community partnership, more than $6 million have been raised. These funds are estimated to generate more than $33.6 million of investment in rural businesses across Kansas.

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.

Click here to learn more about the E-Community Partnership.