Apply for a low-interest loan through the E-Community to fund your small business startup, expansion, or acquisition

Entrepreneurship Community (E-community) loans are intended to be paired with loans from financial institutions (such as banks or credit unions), as well as personal investment, to complete a funding package for small business projects. Even if you’ve been turned down by a bank or credit union in the past, you may qualify for a low-interest loan to fund your startup or small business growth plans

About the program

As a NetWork Kansas E-Community, Atchison has made a commitment to cultivating an entrepreneurial environment by identifying and developing resources to help local entrepreneurs start or grow businesses. We have partnered with NetWork Kansas to establish a locally-administered loan fund to assist Atchison entrepreneurs with startups, expansions, and acquisitions of small businesses.

Don Ball of the Bank of Atchison (far left) stands with Scott Weinmann (far right) and Eric Royer (middle) after Atchison’s first E-Community Loan was finalized in March of 2017. Scott and Eric are the owners of Atchison Merchants LLC and utilized the E-Community Program to assist with their purchase of Amazing Deals, an established retail business in downtown Atchison. Below, Don Ball and City Manager Trey Cocking congratulate Derek Franklin of the Hardware Store after finalizing a loan to expand their equipment and special event rental offerings.

Use of Funds

  • Purchasing or construction of a building
  • Purchasing equipment for a business
  • Working capital
  • Construction or renovation on a business
  • Acquire an existing business


  • E-community funding cannot exceed 60% of the total funding package
  • E-community loan maximum of $45,000
  • Business must be located in Atchison County
  • Must be a for-profit business

Contact us today to start working on your own small business project!
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Phone – 913-367-5560