Category Archives: Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce

Fort Scott Happenings by the Chamber of Commerce

Fort Scott Community College Program ranks #2 in Kansas!! (See press release flyer below for more information)
To see the full list of rankings of nursing programs, click this link: https://www.nursingexplorer.com/states/kansas
If you would like more information about the FSCC nursing program, click this link: www.fortscott.edu/nursing
Hedgehog.INK will be open on Sundays and Mondays from 1:00-5:00pm starting Sunday, July 7th.  During the month of August, adult fiction gently used books will be buy 2 get 1 free (see flyer below)
Horticulture Services in Fort Scott – Krista Harding, Horticulture Agent for the Southwind Extension District, has office hours at the Extension office inside the Bourbon County Courthouse every Thursday
In an effort to better serve residents of Fort Scott and the surrounding communities, Krista is there weekly to answer questions and offer advice on lawn and gardens, trees and shrubs, flowers and insect. Bring your spotted leaves, strange looking insects or wilted flowers and let her help you! This a free service and is available to all community members. Questions? Call 620-223-3720 (See flyer below)
Save the Date: 2019 Friends of Tri-Valley Foundation Fall Golf Classic 4-Person Scramble – Saturday, September 14th at Woodland Hills Golf Course, 2414 S. Horton in Fort Scott (See flyer below)
$200 per team includes green fees, cart & lunch. Deadline to enter is September 6th.

This fundraiser will help the Friends of Tri-Valley Foundation to support programs for our neighbors with intellectual/developmental disabilities in Allen, Bourbon, Neosho, and Woodson counties.

For more information, contact Tricia at 620-431-7401, ext. 230 or tcampbell@tvds.org

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Weekly Livestock Sale at Fort Scott Livestock Market. Starting at 10am on both Fridays & Saturdays
Fridays:  Cows, Pairs, Big Bulls
Saturdays:  Stocker & Feeder Cattle, followed by any cows
& bulls that come in late Friday & Saturday. Cafe open both sale days. You don’t have to be a buyer, just to come watch the sale and visit the cafe!
16 Friday Night Concert in the Park – Heritage Park Pavilion,
1st & Main, 7pm

Friday Night Concert in the Park – Sponsored by the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce

This week’s concert features Mike Lundeen on keyboard – eclectic style music, gospel and light classics. Come early and bring a lawn chair as seating is limited.  In the event of bad weather we will move to The Common Grounds Coffee Shop

The concerts are organized by Ralph Carlson. If you or someone you know is interested in performing, contact Ralph at rscarlson@classicnet.net

17 Flicks on the Bricks: Beauty & The Beast – Live Action (sponsored by the City of Fort Scott) – Skubitz Plaza,
100 Old Fort Blvd, movie starts at sundown  (FREE ADMISSION)
17 Woodland Hills Golf Course 1 Person Scramble –
2414 S. Horton, 8am shotgun start

1-Person scramble where players may play a second ball on any shot; however, once played, the second shot must be used. The tournament will be flighted based on final score

$35/Woodland Hills member, $50/non-member – includes 18 holes of competition, prizes, lunch following play

Contact Shannon O’Neil at 620-223-5060

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Farmer’s Market – Skubitz Plaza (in front of the historic fort)

Saturday Mornings, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Fort Scott Farmers’ Market is a farmer driven and run market. The farmers work hard to produce the very finest produce available. We also provide a great venue for community organizations to promote their mission and raise funds

We are focused on fresh locally produce farm products
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Begin the Begin (sounds of R.E.M.) concert at Boiler Room Brewhaus, 2 S. National Ave., Saturday, August 17th at 7pm

Tickets $10, on sale now at the Brewery, Visitors Center and the Chamber (231 E. Wall St.)

Visit www.boileroombrewhaus.com

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Heartland Showcase Boer Goar Sale – Bourbon County Fairgrounds, 2102 S. Huntington Blvd., 10am (See flyer below)

Heartland Showcase Boer Goat Sale, Sunday, August 18th at 10am. There will be viewing times for Saturday, August 17th at 4-6pm and Sunday, August 19th starting at 10am. This will be at the Bourbon Co. Fairgrounds on 2102 S. Huntington Blvd in Fort Scott. There will be a complimentary lunch from 11am-12pm

Consignors: Tate Farms, Thunder Boer Goats, Road 20 Farms, Criser Ranch, Sunflower Boer Goats, Anderson Boer Goat Acres, StripeBoers, Broken Trigger Boer Goats, Rock’n B Ranch, Quality Boer, Fanning Farms, and 4 Star Ranch

You may contact Lisa Stripe at 402-759-5497 or Jill Lanham at 402-984-8344
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Meet & Greet Abbie Hodgson – Candidate for Congress 2020 (See flyer below)

The public is invited to a Meet & Greet with Abbie Hodgson – Candidate for Congress 2020

When: Sunday, August 18th at 2pm
Where: Boiler Room Brewhaus, 2 S. National Ave., Fort Scott

Democrat Abbie Hodgson will seek the party’s nomination to challenge freshman GOP Rep. Steve Watkins in Kansas’ 2nd congressional district, which includes Lawrence, Topeka and Leavenworth

18 Team Trivia at the Boiler Room Brewhaus –
10 S. National, 3-5pm

Exciting, fun and challenging team trivia. Put your team together (maximum of 8 teams, maximum of 5 members on a team)

$5 per person. Cash prizes for winning team. Pre-register at the tap room

19 Chamber Board Meeting – Papa Don’s Pizza, 10 N. Main,
12-1pm
19 Community Book Club – email Sara Coon for location: sibs1976@yahoo.com

August’s book is “The Drive”, by Teresa Bruce

20-21
Story Time, hosted by the Fort Scott Public Library –
201 S. National, 10-11am

Join Miss Val and other local families for a themed story time, featuring 2-3 books read aloud, songs or fingerplays, craft, and snack, along with a play table for before and after the stories. All story times welcome any age children and teens
Some themes are based around seasons, holidays, and annual events, while others are chosen by regular attendees
For more information, visit fortscott.mykansaslibrary.orgor see our Facebook events page by clicking HERE
Enjoy stories, songs, crafts, and snacks related to our theme in the downstairs event room. Hope you can come. Tell your friends!
20 T.O.P.S Meetings held weekly on Tuesdays at Buck Run Community Center, 735 Scott Ave., 10:30am
20 Fort Scott Kiwanis Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room,
2108 S. Horton, 12-1pm
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Respond to the Call – Give Blood! Fort Scott Community Blood Drive – Battle of the Badges (see flyer below)

Where: Fort Scott Community Blood Drive at Buck Run Community Center, 735 Scott Avenue
When: Tuesday, August 20th – 1pm-7pm
            Wednesday, August 21st – 9am-1pm

Please call 620-223-5946 to schedule an appointment

Visit redcrossblood.org. Download the Blood Donor app!

20 Community Bingo at Country Place Senior Living,
3rd Tuesday of each month – 820 S. Horton, 2-4pm

Residents and public are invited the 3rd Tuesday of each month

20 Farmer’s Market – Skubitz Plaza (in front of the historic fort)

Tuesday evenings, 4-6pm

Fort Scott Farmers’ Market is a farmer driven and run market. The farmers work hard to produce the very finest produce available. We also provide a great venue for community organizations to promote their mission and raise funds. We are focused on fresh locally produce farm products

20 City Commission Meeting – City Hall, 123 S. Main, 6-7pm
21 KDOT Local Consult Meeting (Southeast Region) – Independence Civic Center, 410 N. Penn Ave., Independence, KS 67301 – 9am-12pm

The public is welcome to attend and give input on future transportation projects

21 2019 Fort Scott Community College Business Expo –
2108 S. Horton

The purpose of this event is to display local resources to FSCC students and community. Also for FSCC to continue and/or create new relationships with local businesses

This is a free event with lots of exposure to students and the community. This is also a great opportunity to hire new employees or promote your business

If you would like your business to participate, call Kassie Cate, FSCC Student Activity Coordinator, at 918-801-5060

Complimentary coffee and pastries are available to participating businesses in the faculty lounge (north hall, labeled “Faculty Lounge” above the doorway)

Students will receive a stamp card that will be stamped at each table they visit. Students who visit twelve or more tables and turn in a stamp card will be entered to win raffle prizes

21 Rotary Meeting – Presbyterian Church,  308 S. Crawford St., 12-1pm
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Adult Coloring Program – Fort Scott Public Library,
201 S. National Ave., 2-4pm
Join us in the library events room for a relaxing afternoon of coloring and conversation. Library provides coloring pages, pens and pencils, and snacks. Bring your own beverage of choice (no alcohol, please)
21
TAG – Teen Advisory Group – Fort Scott Public Library –
201 S. National, 4:15-5:15pm

Join Teen Advisory Group members in the library events room. This event is exclusively for middle and high school students. We have meetings weekly, including a games & snacks night, community service project, book club meeting, and craft night each month. Members can help the library develop programs, displays, and book collections that better serve teens! Make a difference in your community while having fun at TAG! Each meeting includes food, drinks, and a good time with your fellow teens. See you at TAG, and bring your friends!
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Join us for the weekly Chamber Coffee of the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at 8am. This week’s Chamber Coffee is being hosted by Ascension Via Christi Hospital Fort Scott
Location:  401 Woodland Hills Blvd.
22 Horticultural services at the Bourbon County Courthouse every Thursday – 210 S. National, 9am-3:30pm (See flyer below)

Krista Harding, Horticulture Agent for the Southwind Extension District, has office hours at the Extension office inside the Bourbon County Courthouse every Thursday. In an effort to better serve residents of Fort Scott and the surrounding communities, Krista is there weekly to answer questions and offer advice on lawn and gardens, trees and shrubs, flowers and insect. Bring your spotted leaves, strange looking insects or wilted flowers and let her help you! This a free service and is available to all community members. Questions? Call 620-223-3720

22 Pioneer Kiwanis Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room,
12pm-1pm
22 Meet & Greet with Congressman Steve Watkins at Boiler Room Brewhaus – 2 S. National, 4-5pm

The public is invited to a meet & greet with Congressman Steve Watkins at Boiler Room Brewhaus at 4pm

Visit Congressman Steve Watkins’ website HERE

22 Recognition of Dick Hedges – 50 years as Tribune guest writer – Hedgehog.INK Book Store, 16 S. Main St.,
4:30-6pm; remarks at 5:15pm (See flyer below)

The public is invited to a reception honoring Dick Hedges as a 50-year guest writer of the Fort Scott Tribune. Dick writes a weekly Saturday article of human interest and everyday happenings

22 Thursday Card Players – Buck Run Community Center,
735 Scott Ave., 6-9pm

Free weekly event to anyone that wants to play cards, drink coffee, eat snacks, and socialize

22 A Star is Born, or Died – Boiler Room Brewhaus,
2 S. National Ave., 7-9pm

Join Boiler Room Brewhaus on Thursday evenings from
7-9pm for karaoke fun. Cheer on your favorite local star!

23-24
Weekly Livestock Sale at Fort Scott Livestock Market. Starting at 10am on both Fridays & Saturdays
Fridays:  Cows, Pairs, Big Bulls
Saturdays:  Stocker & Feeder Cattle, followed by any cows
& bulls that come in late Friday & Saturday. Cafe open both sale days. You don’t have to be a buyer, just to come watch the sale and visit the cafe!
23 Author Talk and Book Signing with Rebecca Thesman at Hedgehog.INK – 16 S. Main St., 6-7pm (see flyer below)

Meet and greet author Rebecca Thesman. There will be an author talk, Q & A, and booksigning. Her book will be available for purchase in the bookstore. Light refreshments will be served. Visit www.facebook.com/hedgesbookstore/

23 Friday Night Concert in the Park – Heritage Park Pavilion,
1st & Main, 7pm

Friday Night Concert in the Park – Sponsored by the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce

This week’s concert features the Apostolic Church Acapella Choir. Come early and bring a lawn chair as seating is limited.  In the event of bad weather we will move to The Common Grounds Coffee Shop

The concerts are organized by Ralph Carlson. If you or someone you know is interested in performing, contact Ralph at rscarlson@classicnet.net

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Farmer’s Market – Skubitz Plaza (in front of the historic fort)

Saturday Mornings, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Fort Scott Farmers’ Market is a farmer driven and run market. The farmers work hard to produce the very finest produce available. We also provide a great venue for community organizations to promote their mission and raise funds

We are focused on fresh locally produce farm products
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Southeast Kansas Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Gorilla Village, Pittsburg, KS, 8am (See flyer below)

Help raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Walk in honor of or in memory of someone with Alzheimer’s disease. This is a community event for all ages. No entry fee. Walkers who register and raise at least $100 receive the event T-shirt. 1-mile walk route. Please register online at alzwalkseks.org. Event day registration starts at 8:00 a.m., Ceremony starts at 9:00 a.m., Walk starts at 9:15 a.m.
For more information, click HERE

24 7th Annual Fort Scott National Cemetery #1 Wreath Ride – Registration at 3rd & Main St. from 9-10am

The 7th Annual ride in support of the Wreath Across America Project in Ft. Scott National Cemetery #1. All vehicles are welcome. All proceeds go towards the purchase of a wreath for our nation’s finest buried at Ft. Scott National Cemetery

Registration: 3rd & Main St., Fort Scott, KS, 9-10:30am

$35/bike, $50/truck – includes 1 meal & 1 t-shirt, 2 chances for Grand Prize (American Flag Knife). Extra meal $7.50, additional t-shirts $20.00. Drawing for a Sig Sauer M17 & 1911 Pistol donated by Fort Scott Gun & Pawn

For more information contact Kevin Wagner: 620-215-2174

24 Benefit Fundraiser for the Leatherman Family – Bourbon County 4-H Building, 2102 S. Huntington in Fort Scott, 5-8pm

Benefit Fundraiser for the Leatherman family – Saturday, August 24th, 5-8pm, at the Bourbon County 4-H Building, 2102 S. Huntington in Fort Scott.

Meal (free will donation): pulled pork, beans, skillet potatoes, served from 5-6:30pm

Live auction –  6:30pm (if you would like to donate auction items, contact Wilma Hibdon: 620-224-0707

Cornhole Tournament immediately after the auction – $20 per team

Leanne was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer. Mark and Leanne have been travelling back and forth to Joplin for chemo treatments and doctor’s appointments. Surgery to remove her tumors was done with good results. The Leatherman’s have been lifelong 4-H supporters and Fair Board members. Please come out and join us in supporting this wonderful family!

Fort Scott Special Events Aug. 16-18

FRI & SAT – Livestock Sale – Fort Scott Livestock Market, weekly Fridays & Saturdays at 10:00 am. You don’t have to be a buyer, just come watch the sale and visit the café!
2131 Maple Rd. FRI & SAT – Trolley Tours – Friday 11am-3pm, Saturday 10am-3pm on the hour, leaving from the CVB/Chamber, 231 E. Wall St.
Friday, August 16
7:00pm-8:00pm – Friday Night Concert in the Park – Heritage Park Pavilion, 1st & Main –
This week’s show features Mike Lundeen on keyboard; eclectic style music, gospel and light classics. The concerts are sponsored by the Chamber, and organized by Ralph Carlson. If you are interested in performing a Friday Night Concert, contact Ralph Carlson at
rscarlson@classicnet.net. Bring lawn chairs, seating is limited. In the event of bad weather, the show will move to Common Ground Coffee Shop.
Sundown – Flicks on the Bricks – Beauty and the Beast: Live Action (Sponsored by the City of Fort Scott – Movie starts at sundown at Skubitz Plaza, 100 Old Fort Blvd. Free
admission, no tickets needed.
Saturday, August 17
8:00am-12:00am – Farmers’ Market – Skubitz Plaza (in front of the historic fort) – The market features the very finest produce; also a great venue for community organizations to promote their mission and raise funds. Focused on fresh locally produced farm products.
8:00am-2:00pm – Woodland Hills Golf Course 1-Person Scramble – 2414 S. Horton –
1-Person Scramble, where players may play a second ball on any shot; however, once played the second shot must be used. The tournament will be flighted based on final score. $35 per Woodland Hills member, $50 per non-member. Contact Shannon O’Neil at 620-223-5060 for info & registration.
7:00pm-9:00pm – Begin the Begin (sounds of R.E.M.) concert at Boiler Room Brewhaus – 2 S. National Ave. – $10 tickets on sale now at the Brewery, the Visitors Center and the Chamber of Commerce, 231 E. Wall St. Visit boileroombrewhaus.com.
Sunday, August 18
12:00pm – Heartland Showcase Boer Goat Sale at Bourbon Co. Fairgrounds, Fort Scott – 2102 S. Huntington, 12pm. Viewing on Saturday from 4-6pm, Sunday starting at 10am, with free lunch from 11am-12pm. Contact Lisa Stripe: 402-759-5497 or Jill Lanham: 620-984-8344.
5:00pm-7:00pm – Team Trivia at Boiler Room Brewhaus – 2 S. National Ave.
SAVE THE DATE: 2019 Fall Town-Wide Garage Sale is coming Friday and
Saturday, September 13th & 14!! Register your sale or advertise your business now by calling the Chamber, 620-223-3566!
Schedule of Special Events in Fort Scott, Kansas August 16-18, 2019
Visit the Chamber & CVB/Tourism Center for more attractions & activities!
231 E. Wall Street ~ M-F 8am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm ~ (620) 223-3566
Tell your friends you’re here!
Check in on Facebook! @ FortScottChamber & @VisitFortScottKS (620) 223-3566 Chamber: www.fortscott.com CVB/Tourism: www.visitfortscott.com
Come take a ride on Dolly the Trolley!
50 minute narrated tour of Historic Fort Scott
@ The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce
$6 adults, $4 children 12 & under
Friday, 11AM—4PM
Saturday, 10AM—4PM
231 E. Wall Street Fort Scott, KS 2 Pages on Facebook: Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce & Visit Fort Scott KS 800-245-FORT (3678) * www.fortscott.com * www.visitfortscott.com
Special thanks to the businesses below for their Chamber membership & support of the community!
RESTAURANTS:
Downtown Historic District Holmtown Pub 206 N. National 620-223-1477
Nu-Grille 24 N. National 620-223-9949
Sharky’s Pub & Grub 16 N. National 620-223-4777
La Hacienda 24 N. Main St. 620-223-4400
Papa Don’s Pizza 10 N. Main St. 620-223-4171
Crooner’s Lounge (5-9pm) 117 S. Main St. 620-224-9787
Common Ground Coffee Co. 116 S. Main St. 620-223-2499
Midtown
Nate’s Place (Lyons Twin Mansions) 750 S. National 620-223-3644
Hours: Tues-Sun 8am-2pm – breakfast all day & lunch begins at 11am, NOW SERVING DINNER! Thurs-Sat 5pm-9pm – Looking for someplace to relax after a long week? Enjoy Happy Hour in our Library Bar every Thursday, Friday and Saturday 5-6 pm, with all well liquor only $5.
Southern Fort Scott
Sonic Drive-In 1700 S. National 620-223-3630
Domino’s Pizza 1709 S. National 620-768-5533
Subway 1715 S. National 620-224-2420
Marsha’s Great Plains Deli 6 W. 18th St. 620-223-6432
McDonald’s 2224 S. Main St. 620-223-6760
Dairy Queen 2328 S. Main St. 620-224-2226
El Charro 2503 S. Main St. 620-223-9944
Penny’s Diner 2505 S. Main St. 620-768-7000
SHOPPING:
Downtown Historic District: Bids & Dibs 108 S. Scott Ave., 620-224-2437: New & consignment home décor, clothing, & accessories
Books & Grannies 11 N. Main, 620-224-2244 : Collection of used book
Country Cupboard 12 N. Main, 620-223-5980: Country accents, Victorian décor, quilting fabrics, Primitives, collectibles and souvenirs. John’s shoe & boot repair located in back of the store
Electronics Store 2 N. National, 620-223-4501: Electronics, toys and games, cell phones and accessories
Fort Scott Munitions 523 E. Wall St., 620-223-1277: Manufacturer of premium ammunition & firearms
Hedgehog.INK 16 S. Main St., 620-670-2752: New and gently used books, children’s area, writer’s area
Iron Star Antiques & Such 3 N. Main, 620-223-2929: Unique gifts, home décor, furniture, ladies apparel
J & W Sports Shop 20 N. Main, 620-223-3690: Athletic clothing and shoes
Main Street Gallery & Gifts, and other Collective Booths 23 S. Main, 620-223-2210
Mayco Ace Hardware 205 Scott, 620-223-2670: Hardware, garden and more
Miller Feed & Farm 15 W. Wall, 620-223-3420: Feed, boots, animal care & accessories
Redbud Farms & Nurseries 1291 240th St., 620-223-1811: Greenhouse & Nurseries
Ruddick’s Furniture and Floorcovering 117 S. National, 620-223-2510: Furniture and home décor
Sunshine Boutique Gifts and Cosmetics 18 E. Wall, , 620-223-6007: Gift items, candles & cosmetics
Trader Dave’s Antiques & More 15 S. Scott, 620-224-0079: Unique items ranging from antiques to gently used items
Treasure Hunt Flea Market 6 S. Main St. 620-223-3522: Antiques, furniture, collectibles & gifts
Additional Shopping Locations:
Bartelsmeyer Jewelry 1519 S. National, 620-223-2070: Fine jewelry
Fort Scott Gun & Pawn 1402 E. Wall, 620-223-0583: Visit their showroom!
HairBow Center 2326 Kansas Rd., 620-223-9898: online & warehouse ribbon & bow accessories
Heidrick‘s True Value & Nancy’s Gift Corner 1508 S. National, 620-223-2660: Hardware and gift corner Pot Pantry 1366 215th St., 620-224-7480: Unique hand-made pottery, call Bobbi to see if open to shop
Sekan’s Occasion Shop 2210 S. Main, 620-223-5190: Furniture, home décor, and party supplies
Shirt Shack 11 E. 18th St., 620-223-4680: T-shirts, jeans and other clothing
Tractor Supply Company 2420 S. Main, 620-223-4900: Farm supplies, clothing, shoes and more
Walgreens 2229 S. Main, 620-223-2402: Cosmetics, health and beauty aids, pharmacy and much more
Wal-Mart 2500 S. Main, 620-223-2867: Discount store plus groceries
TOP ACTIVITIES: Visit the Boiler Room Brewhaus! Located at 10 S. National Ave. First and only micro-brewery in Southeast Kansas!
Fort Scott National Historic Site *Free Admission* (8am-5pm): Self-guided tour, cellphone tour, 20 min. film always available.
11 buildings & exhibits. Gift shop with books, shirts, historical toys, & other souvenirs.
Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes *Free Admission* 1 S. Main, 620-223-1312, (Mon.-Fri. 10am-5pm, Sat. 10am-4pm): Informative exhibits on unsung heroes & other award-winning exhibits. Also sells award-winning book, movie, and teaching materials.
Gordon Parks Museum & Photo Exhibit *Free Admission* 2018 S. Horton, Ellis Fine Arts Center, 620-223-2700
(Tues-Fri. 10am-4pm, Sat. 10am-2pm, & by appt.): 1st black photographer for Life magazine, photographer, poet, filmmaker. Gift shop also sells books, t-shirts, mugs, and other gift items.
National Cemetery No. 1 900 E. National Ave.: Numbered 1 of 14 cemeteries declared National cemeteries in 1861 by Pres. Lincoln.
Lyons Twin Mansions *Free Tour* 750 S. National Ave. 620-223-3644: Offers complimentary tours, any-time of day.
Courtland Hotel & Spa 121 E. 1st St. 620-223-5657: Spa/Massage/Salon Retail Outlet
Re:freshed Aesthetics 750 S. National Ave. 620-215-2694: Beauty products, facials, waxings, & more
Woodland Hills Golf Course 2414 S. Horton, 620-223-5060
Gunn Park 1010 Park Ave.: 155 acre Scenic Park, 7 shelter houses, 2 lakes, 6 mi. of trails, 18-hole disc golf course
Kansas Rocks Recreational Park 18 miles NW of Fort Scott, 130th St. Mapleton, KS. (Sat. 8am-5pm, Sun. 9am-4pm): 30 miles of trails for Jeeps & 4-wheel drives, biking, & hiking
Hunting, Fishing, & Watersports: Multiple lakes & fishing/hunting areas at Fort Scott Lake, Rock Creek Lake* Bourbon County
Fort Scott Restaurants, Shopping, & Activities

Chamber Coffee At Sleep Inn Aug. 15

WEEKLY CHAMBER COFFEE REMINDER
Join us for Chamber Coffee
Hosted by:

Craw-Kan Telephone Cooperative
Location:

Sleep Inn & Suites, 302 E. Wall St.
Thursday, August 15, 2019  at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber members and guests are encouraged to attend for networking, community announcements, and to learn about the hosting business or organization.
Members may pay $1 to make an announcement about an upcoming event, special/sale/discount, or news of any kind.
Upcoming Coffees:
August 22 – Ascension Via Christi Fort Scott
August 29 – Fort Scott Washateria (501 S. National)
September 5 – Stutesman’s Action Realty (New Location: 120 E. Wall St.)
September 12 – Accent Dental

Friday Night Free Concert: Mike Lundeen

The Friday Night Free Concert at Heritage Park, 1st and Main Street will feature Mike Lundeen at the keyboard.

“Mike has been one of our most popular concerts for several years,” Ralph Carlson, event organizer, said. “His music is a mix of lite classics, ragtime, contemporary pop, southern gospel with some pre- civil war and country. We are really pleased to get Mike back this year.”

The concert starts at 7 p.m. In the event of inclement weather it will move to the Common Grounds Coffee Shop. Come early and bring a lawn chair as seating is limited.

Foundation Accepting Applications

Fort Scott Area Community Foundation announces their
grant cycle for 2019
Don’t miss your chance to apply – deadline is August 31st, 2019!!
The Fort Scott Area Community Foundation is pleased to
announce that the grant cycle for 2019 is here.
Applications will be accepted from now
until August 31st.
This year, the Foundation will be awarding over $33,000 to local not-for-profits for projects that benefit our community. A certain dollar amount of the awards is reserved for projects that benefit local youth. The maximum grant to any one project is $5,000.
For a printable application,
click HERE.
Applications can also be obtained by visiting www.fsacf.com, the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at 231 E. Wall St., or by emailing motley@banklandmark.com.
Please use the same email address to submit any questions you may have.
Completed applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., August 31st.
For information on grants awarded last year, click HERE.

Small Businesses Encouraged With New Partnership Offer

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The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce is initiating a partnership program that aims to cultivate an entrepreneurial environment in the community.

What is an entrepreneur?

An entrepreneur is an individual who, rather than working as an employee, founds and runs a small business, assuming all the risks and rewards of the venture, according to investopedia.com.

The big-picture vision for this initiative is to move Bourbon County forward as a great place to start and grow a small business and where existing businesses have access to all the resources they need to grow and achieve their potential,” Bill Michaud said.

Michaud is the chairman of the Chamber’s Business Resource and Development Committee.

Bill Michaud is the chairman of the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce Business Resource and Development Committee. Submitted photo.

 

He and Chamber Executive Director Lindsay Madison are the primary workers to bring this initiative to Fort Scott, Michaud said.

“Lindsay Madison did the work to complete the application which resulted in us being selected,” he said. ” She and I have been the primary ones immersed in the details.”

Lindsay Madison is the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. Submitted photo.

“The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce representing Bourbon County has been selected by Network Kansas as a partner in the E-Community Program,  a partnership program that aims to cultivate an entrepreneurial environment in partner communities throughout the state,” Michaud said. The Chamber was notified in June 2019.

“Bourbon County was awarded this partnership opportunity through a competitive application process in which 14 Kansas communities were vying for selection and only five new e-community partners were selected,” he said.

 “The revolving loan fund and other E-Community resources can be the catalyst to build onto the many great improvements which have occurred in our community in recent years, “Michaud said. “This program is a resource that could help fund additional rehabilitation of downtown buildings which are currently very difficult to finance.”

 E-Community loan funds can be used for building acquisition, renovations, inventory, expansion, relocation, equipment and other purposes.

One of the barriers to starting or growing a business is access to funding.

  “The largest component of the E-Community Partnership is providing a locally controlled loan fund used to enable new business and existing businesses to overcome that barrier,” Michaud said.  “There also additional resources available through Network Kansas to help businesses of all sizes including a variety of programs through StartupKS.”

The E-Community program also provides funding for several approved educational and personal development programs. 

“These programs are geared toward teaching and developing potential and existing entrepreneurs,” he said.

Click below for a link to that inventory of programs:

The E-Community program was created through a Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship Tax Credit Program, according to the Fort Scott Chamber website.

Application Details

Applicants may include startup businesses and existing business purchases and/or expansions.

The minimum loan request is $5,000 with a $45,000 maximum amount available per applicant business, subject to availability. The terms for loans issued in the fiscal year 2019-20 will be 5 percent rate over a 10-year maximum term.

Applicants will be asked if the entrepreneur or business has a tax liability in arrears with the Kansas Department of Revenue or the IRS, or been involved in bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings.

Applicants will be asked to provide relevant details such as length of time in business, business name or entity changes, number of jobs to be created or retained, etc.

All business plans will be submitted with the application and should include key elements such as:

  • Executive Summary
  • Business Description
  • Products or Services
  • Short- and Long-Term Goals
  • Project Financing
  • Management
  • Ownership
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Description of Major & Prospective Customers
  • Description of Market & Competition
  • Financial Projections

Contact the Kansas Small Business Development Center at Pittsburg State University for assistance in developing a business plan, 620-235-4920.

How the application will be judged

The Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Financial Review Board will use the following rubric to score all applications in the Bourbon County E-Community Program.

Criteria Strength (1-4) Weight (% of total) Weighted Score
Financial Soundness

25

Owner/Operator Experience

20

Business Plan

25

Owner/3rd Party Funding

25

Community Commitment

5

TOTAL

100

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4 = Exceeds expectations 3 = Meets expectations

2= Partially meets expectations 1 = Does not meet expectations

Application Checklist

Be sure to include the following with your completed application:

  1. $50 Non-refundable Application Fee
  2. Business Plan including Financial Projections (1-year projection of profit & loss by month and 3 years of annual projections)
  3. Financial Statements (if an existing business)
  • Income statement and balance sheet from within the past 90 days
  • Income statements, balance sheets, and complete business tax returns for the two (2) prior year-ends
  • A current list of business obligations
  1. Applicant Resume
  2. Personal Financial Statement from within the past 90 days
  3. Three Letters of Reference
  4. Other documents relevant to the project
  • Proposed purchase agreement
  • The existing or proposed franchise agreement
  • Existing or proposed lease agreement
  • Real estate contract
  • Contractor bids
  • Appraisals and environmental reports
  • Partnership agreement
  • Articles of incorporation & bylaws

History Of Initiative

The initiative was established as a part of the Kansas Economic Growth Act of 2004 to stimulate entrepreneurship and small business growth as a priority for economic and community development in the State of Kansas.

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Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce is located at  231 E. Wall St., Fort Scott, KS 66701 and can be reached at  620-223-3566  or email information@fortscott.com.

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Fort Scott Chamber Offers Table Tent Ads

It’s time for Table Tents!
Business card ad spaces are limited – sign up for yours now. Reach thousands of potential customers for only $50!
September/October table tents are in production now. Hundreds of these are displayed in hotels, stores, fast-food & sit-down restaurants all over Fort Scott for the entire months of September and October.
Have a special event coming up? Promote your event with a business-card ad for only $50!
Want more exposure for your business? This is your chance to reach thousands of customers at a super-affordable cost.
If you would like to place a business-card sized ad, email adminassist@fortscott.com
or call Monica at 620-223-3566.

Town-Wide Fall Garage Sale Registration

Submitted by: Lindsay Madison, Executive Director, lindsay.madison@fortscott.com
Monica Walden, Administrative Assistant, adminassist@fortscott.com
Phone: (620) 223-3566

FORT SCOTT – Mark your calendars for the Fall Town-wide Garage Sale on Friday and Saturday, September 13th and 14th.

Now is the time to get your garage sale on the map.

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce encourages residents in Fort Scott to do your fall cleaning and make room for something new.

Garage sales may be registered through the Chamber by 1 pm, Wednesday, September 11th for only $10.

The registration fee lists your sale on the official garage sale map and enables the Chamber to advertise the sale throughout the region on the radio, newspaper, social media and the Chamber website.

Businesses are encouraged to advertise on the official garage sale map, which will be distributed to shoppers the week of the Town-wide Garage Sale.

The maps will be distributed from local stores and the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce. The cost to place a business ad or coupon is $25.

Garage sales may be registered in person at the Chamber office, 8am-5pm Mon-Fri, located at 231 E. Wall Street or by phone using debit or credit card by calling (620) 223-3566.
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Chamber Coffee and Ribbon Cutting at Nelson State Farm and Meeks Law Firm

WEEKLY CHAMBER COFFEE REMINDER
Join us for Chamber Coffee
Hosted by:

Kale Nelson State Farm
& Meeks Law Firm
With ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating their new location immediately following the coffee
Location:

1805 S. National Ave.
Thursday, August 8, 2019  at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber members and guests are encouraged to attend for networking, community announcements, and to learn about the hosting business or organization.
Members may pay $1 to make an announcement about an upcoming event, special/sale/discount, or news of any kind.
Upcoming Coffees:
August 15 – Craw-Kan (at Sleep Inn & Suites, 231 E. Wall St.)
August 22 – Ascension Via Christi Fort Scott
August 29 – Fort Scott Washateria (501 S. National)
September 5 – Stutesman’s Action Realty (New Location: 120 E. Wall St.)

Cherry Jammers Perform at Friday Night Free Concert

The Friday Night Free Concert at Heritage Park this week will feature the Cherry Jammers music ensemble from the Cherry Grove Baptist Church.

It is held at 7 p.m. at the corner of Main and First Street in downtown Fort Scott.

“This group is one of our favorites who have performed for us for many years,” Ralph Carlson, event organizer for the Chamber of Commerce, said. “The group sings hymns and gospel classics. The group combines vocal and various musical instruments.”

Come early and bring a lawn chair as seating is limited.

In the event of bad weather the event will move to The Common Grounds Coffee Shop on Main Street.

Fort Scott Tax Holiday This Weekend

Fort Scott’s
Sales Tax Holiday
Weekend
This weekend,
August 2nd, 3rd & 4th
No Sales Tax Holiday Weekend
August 2nd, 3rd & 4th
The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce an opportunity for shoppers to save money
August 2nd through the 4th.
Select retailers will be offering a
Sales Tax Holiday by volunteering to pay the sales tax for shoppers.
Enjoy a 9.4% discount this weekend at these participating merchants:
Bids & Dibs
Books & Grannies
The Electronic Store
Fort Scott Gun & Pawn
Hedgehog.INK
J & W Sports
Papa Don’s Pizza
Ruddick’s Furniture
Sekan’s Occasion Shops
Sunshine Boutique
These stores offer a variety of merchandise including apparel, home décor both new and repurposed, school supplies and much more.
There is no need to cross the border during this No Sales Tax Holiday Weekend.
Save money,
Shop local,
Shop Fort Scott!