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Southwind District

Erie Office

111 South Butler
Erie, KS 66733
Fax:  620-244-3829

Fort Scott Office

210 South National
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Fax:  620-223-0332

Iola Office

1 North Washington
Iola, KS 66749
Fax:  620-365-7944

Yates Center Office

211 W. Butler
Yates Center, KS  66783
Fax:  620-625-8645


Your Business

During the coronavirus outbreak, many small businesses are facing serious challenges because of social distancing guidelines. There are resources available to help, and they are listed below.  As we learn of more, they will be added to this page.

Small businesses play a big part in the American economy.  According to the Small Business Administration, businesses with 500 or fewer employees make up 99.7 percent of all US businesses and represent nearly 50 percent of all US private sector employment.

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce has published a list of upcoming webinars hosted by the Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) to help business owners.  That list, along with the registration link, can be found here.

Bourbon County businesses can get fabric masks for each of their employees.  Key Apparel in Fort Scott is offering one per employee, up to 300.  Cost above 300 will be determined.  Those masks may be reserved to be picked up at the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce, using this link.  Individuals wishing to purchase masks can place an order on the Key website for $9.99.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The U.S. Department of Treasury has released an FAQ document to address common inquiries and requests for information pertaining to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  In addition to the FAQ document, please review the following resources provided by the U.S. Department of Treasury below and visit their webpage for additional information.

  • A top-line overview of the program can be found here.
  • If you're a lender, more information can be found here.
  • If you're a borrower, more information can be found here.
  • The application for borrowers can be found here.

Applications are still being accepted for the second round of SBA funding.  Those interested are encouraged to work with a local lender as soon as possible before all funds are distributed.  A webinar regarding this is part of the KSBDC webinars listed above, on Wednesday, May 6, at 10am.

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Carla Nemecek

Southwind Extension District Director, Community Vitality Agent

Iola Office