Watts Receive $40,000 Entrepreneur Loan

From left: Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lindsay Madison,  Aaron Watts, and Lindsey Watts, Bourbon County E-Community loan recipients, Bill Michaud, Geoff Southwell and Darcy Smith, Chamber members.

Aaron and Lindsey Watts, who own Smallville Crossfit, are the recipients of the first Bourbon County E-Community loan in the amount of $40,000.

The loan is a locally controlled loan fund for business entrepreneurs.

“What’s good about the loan is it’s working capital,” Lindsey Watts said.  The Watts will be using the money for new equipment for the fitness business,  and new services, she said.

Workers work on the air-conditioned room and rentable office space, which are very close to being finished, Lindsey Watts aid. Submitted photos.

Additionally, they are doing some updates to the new facility they purchased, the former Fort Scott Lumber, 1905 S. Judson.

New air conditioning, flooring, and heating will be part of the remodel of the former warehouse space, which they hope to have complete in November, she said.

The second workday at the new facility, shelves are being torn down in the middle room. Photos submitted by Lindsey Watts.

One of the new services offered at the new facility will be dance fitness, Watts said.

In addition, the Watts are working with Kansas Works to hire an intern in the future, Watts said.

Smallville Crossfit is currently located at 15 S. National and can be reached at 620.644.5124.

To learn more about the loan program:

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Removing 400 meters of 1×2 wood from the walls and muddling holes. Photos submitted by Lindsey Watts.


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