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Wichita E-Community Advances

NetWork Kansas' first urban E-Community, a collaborative partnership between several neighborhoods in Wichita, advances today with an introduction at an SBA lenders' roundtable. A public announcement is planned at a later date.

The Wichita E-Community Partnership is a collaboration between: Wichita Chamber of Commerce, SCKEDD, WSU SBDC, MidAmerica Minority Supplier Development Council, Urban League, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, African American Coalition, NetWork Kansas, the City of Wichita, and the SBA. 

The Wichita E-Community connects entrepreneurs with resources to start and grow businesses. Businesses must be located in qualifying low-income areas of Wichita to apply for loan funds. 

The E-Community program, now in its sixth year, has grown from six communities in 2007 to thirty-nine in 2013. 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. The Wichita E-Community is taking loan applications from qualifying entrepreneurs now.

To learn more about the Wichita E-Community, to download an informative brochure, or to begin the process to access loan funds, click here.