Help For Businesses

New and Expanding Businesses
See below for current funding opportunities & resources including:
  • 0% Interest Loan Fund through SEKRPC/CARES Act
  • Locally approved E-Community loans for new or expanding entrepreneurs through the Chamber
  • B-WERC: Bourbon County Workforce & Entrepreneur Resource Center available in Downtown Fort Scott
0% interest loan opportunity available
through the SEKRPC for up to $130,000
First Come First Serve
***Note that Dacia Clark with SBDC located in the B-WERC office Downtown, highlighted below, can assist you in completing this application.
Click here to email Dacia to make an appointment if applicable:
Please see link below for the SEKRPC (Southeast Kansas Regional Planning Commission) CARES Act RLF (Revolving Loan Fund) plan.
The SEKRPC CARES Act RLF does differ from the normal SEKRPC RLF and the major differences are listed below.
Please see link here for the CARES Act RLF Pamphlet that breaks down this information into a smaller document. This serves as an informational guide for interested applicants.
Also attached is an application that includes a list of supporting documents required with the submission of an application.
The CARES Act RLF funds are being distributed on a first come first serve basis, with the first completed application (application and all supporting documents) being turned in used as the first application for consideration.
 The major differences between the CARES Act RLF and the
SEKRPC normal RLF are listed below:
  • Applicants are eligible for 0% interest
  • Applicants do not have to have a denial letter from other lending sources before applying
  • The CARES Act RLF fund does not require leverage capital
  • The maximum loan amount is 25% of the available funds (Starting at 130,000.00)
If you have any questions about the SEKRPC CARES Act RLF or how it
should operate please contact the following for clarification.
Tanya Jacobs
Executive Assistant
Southeast Kansas Regional Planning Commission
PO Box 664
Chanute, KS 66720-0664
P: 620-431-0080
E-Community Loan Fund
Current terms: 4% for 10 years up to $45,000
Need funding for a new or existing business?
We can easily make that possible through the
E-Community loan program administered by the
Click here for the application with more details,
it is a painless application process locally
approved by the Chamber Executive Committee.
This is gap financing, 40% of the project/need needs to be
financed by a local or regional funding source
Click here to like our E-Community FB page!
Additional loan programs are available through NetWork Kansas in addition to the E-Community loan,
if additional gap financing is needed.
Bourbon County Workforce & Entrepreneur
Resource Center
Take advantage of business resources available NOW in the upper level of the Kress building Downtown!
KS SBDC (Small Business Development Center)
is on-site Mondays & Fridays for new & existing business consulting, coaching, financial projections & review,
industry reports, marketing & more!
is on-site Tuesdays & Thursdays to assist Employers & Job Seekers with any and all employment needs!
See flyer below for details and phone numbers
to set up an appointment.
Contact the Chamber with questions on any
of the programs shown above:

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