Recent Loans and Grants
Built in 1914, the historic Newton, Kansas Fox Theatre has enjoyed a revered presence on Main Street. For 45 years it served Newton and Harvey County well. In 2012, an energetic volunteer community board galvanized around the historic Newton Fox Theatre in an effort to rescue an aged and ailing Main Street iconic venue. Newton’s citizen-guided comprehensive plan, ReNewton, identified the Fox as key to the sustainability of a vibrant Main Street social scene. The venue was filthy, lacked fire code compliance, was dangerously in peril from faulty wiring, and had experienced numerous plumbing issues during public events. The Newton Fox Performing Arts Center Board needed cash to secure needed repairs in order to begin programming and generating income. With support and interest in our project, SCKEDD graciously helped facilitate different loan programs for our organization. The transaction was done professionally and systematically, yet we felt their support throughout the process. With funding from SCKEDD, the Fox is enjoying a new and redesigned stage and house wiring. Fire Code Compliance has been enhanced, including strobes, alarms, emergency lighting, and a direct phone line to EMS. Plumbing issues have been rectified. Movie projection equipment is on order. We owe our ability to re-open our beloved Fox Theatre to the vision and confidence of the professional team at SCKEDD.
No Mercy BBQ, LLC is a new barbecue restaurant that is opening at 104 E 6th in Augusta, Kansas in May 2013. Heidi and Robby Mercer, owners, plan to serve Texas style barbecue smoked in Mesquite wood and will be the only BBQ restaurant in Augusta. No Mercy BBQ will offer exceptional food with fast and friendly service, convenient hours and value pricing. The business plans to have five full time and five part time employees over the next two years. With funds provided through the SCKEDD Rural Microenterprise Assistance Program (RMAP) and the Augusta E-Community Program, the business was able to have the needed equipment, inventory and working capital to start up this business.
Phone: (316) 305-4988
Grouse Valley Grill & Grocery, located in Dexter, Kansas, provides its community with convenience store items such as snacks, beverages, basic grocery items and gasoline, and is a limited service restaurant serving breakfast, pizza by the slice and hamburgers. Grouse Valley also services as a place to meet for a cup of coffee. The business will have two part time employees and the two owners.
Phone: (620) 876-5617
Kassman Guttering LLC, located in Wichita, Kansas, is a start-up guttering business that will open in February 2013. The owner, Matthew Kassman, has worked in the guttering, siding and window industry since 2003 and decided to open his own business when his employer decided to use subcontractors instead of having employees. Credit Union of America referred Mr. Kassman to the SBA Microloan program through SCKEDD, since it would be unlikley Mr. Kassman would be able to obtain traditional financing for his start-up business due to the size of the loan request. The SBA Microloan program was able to provide funding to purchase machinery and a vehicle for his business.
Phone: (316) 258-8708
Stephanie W. Kemp dba American Family Insurance, located at 2552 N Maize, Ste 600, Wichita, Kansas is an existing insurance agency which is expanding by hiring a part time employee to help grow the business. The owner, Stephanie Kemp, has been in the insurance industry for over ten years and recently took over an existing American Family Insurance Agency. Ms. Kemp obtained her original financing with SCKEDD and returned to obtain some additional working capital to assist with this expnasion of the business.
Phone: (316) 722-9001
The SCKEDD Microloan Program recently closed a loan with Ruben’s Mexican Grill, Inc., a full service Mexican restaurant in Wichita, Kansas. Mr. Ruben Acosta opened the restaurant in September 2002 and offers a wide range of Mexican style food in a sit down atmosphere. They offer home cooked tacos, enchiladas, tamales and many more items. They also offer margaritas, beer and other alcoholic beverages. Mr. Acosta had used the Microloan program in the past and wanted to use this program again to help fund some needed operating capital and equipment for the business to be able to relocate the business to its new address of 915 W. Douglas, Wichita, Kansas.
Phone: (316) 262-2412
HMA Medworks, LLC, located at 3810 W Bounous, Wichita, Kansas, provides drug screening, physicals and low cost medical care for individuals and businesses. SCKEDD’s Microloan Program was able to provide working capital for this business.
Phone: (316) 686-0400
The SCKEDD Rual Microenterprise Assistance Program worked with the McPherson
E-Community and Network Kansas USDA-RBEG loan program to provide financing for Stacy Wampler, dba Artistic Hair and Nail Design to open a new hair and nail salon at 300 N. Harrison, Lindsborg, Kansas. Ms. Wampler has over twenty years experience in the industry and plans to offer a salon that also offers pedicure and manicure services. Stacy is a certified cosmetologist. As this is a start-up business that was short on collateral, it was unlikely that she would be able to find traditional financing for the business. Fortunately, SCKEDD’s RMAP loan program and other non-traditional funding sources like the McPherson
E-Community Program and Network Kansas USDA-RBEG program were available to assist her to fulfill her dream of salon ownership.
Phone: (785) 577-4032
Blue Flag Express Shuttle Service, located in Wichita, Kansas, is an existing taxi/shuttle service which specializes in providing medical transport for Medicare, Medicaid and other medical card clients. The owner, Jeffrey Mitchell, had been a taxi driver for other cab companies and decided to start his own cab business in November 2011. The SBA Microloan Program was able to assist him in obtaining a more fuel efficient vehicle to replace his current vehicle which was beginning to have mechanical issues.
Phone: (316) 644-1746
The Table Guys, LLC, located at 5424 E. Central, Wichita, Kansas, will have two employees including the owners. The Table Guys, LLC purchased the assets of an existing party supply and chocolate fountain business. The business will continue to do corporate events, parties and weddings featuring chocolate fountains and providing tables, chairs and linens as requested.
Phone: (316) 293-8272
Clothes in Motion is a Laundromat opening at 121 N. Main in Argonia, Kansas. Michael and Natalie Kollmeyer, owners of Bodies in Motion, saw an influx of people in their community due to the sudden increase in the oil industry. They decided to open a Laundromat to serve the temporary and permanent residents of Argonia, as there are currently no Laundromats in this community. The SCKEDD Rural Business Development Tax Credit Loan Program and Rural Microenterprise Assistance Programs were able to provide funds to purchase equipment and provide working capital to assist them in opening the new Laundromat.
Phone: (620) 435-6630
Proud Veterans, LLC is located in Derby, Kansas. This is a service disabled veteran owned and operated business that designs and builds blast resistant buildings, store fronts, windows and walls throughout the United States. This business was recently listed on VetBiz as a preferred contractor for government projects. SCKEDD’s Microloan and Rural Business Development Tax Credit Loan Programs provided funds for working capital to assist with operations for the business. The business currently has 17 employees and plans to add two additional employees within the next two years thanks in part to financing for the business and demand in the industry.
Rita’s Rides LLC, located in Wichita, Kansas, provides rides to appointments for the disabled and Senior citizens. This is the second loan the business has had with SCKEDD because traditional financing was not achievable at this time. With this financing from SCKEDD’s Microloan and Revolving Loan Fund Programs, the business was able to purchase two newer vehicles. The business will retain four employees and add two more with the proceeds from these loans.
Phone: (316) 393-4664
Chino’s Parilla LLC, located in Wichita, Kansas, is a start up mobile Mexican restaurant and catering business. The owner, Tasha Schrant, started the business due to the love of cooking for family gatherings and cookouts, tailgating, and cooking for special occasions such as retirement parties. The owner and family members were told the food was so good they should go into business. A friend who recently obtained SCKEDD financing referred Tasha to SCKEDD knowing that as a start up business it could be difficult to obtain traditional financing. SBA Microloan and Revolving Loan Fund provided funding to purchase a catering trailer. This trailer can be taken to the party or parked on a street. The business will have three (3) employees including the owner. Plans are to eventually open a stationary restaurant. You will soon be able to follow Chino’s Parrilla on Twitter, Facebook and other social media locations.
Phone: (785) 383-7926
Fox Fitness, LLC is located in west Wichita. SCKEDD’s Microloan and Revolving Loan Fund Programs provided funds to purchase exercise equipment, wresting mats, weights, exercise bands and balls, and provided working capital. Fox Fitness is a professional martial arts facilty with access to personal training for members and non-members in a safe and positive learning environment. People of all ages will enjoy learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Fox Fitness will also offer off-season sports conditioning programs to keep competitive kids in top form year round. The business will initially have one full time and one part time employee but will add employees/instructors as demand grow.
Phone: (316) 708-4330
Michael W. Riley, dba Riley’s Rescue, located at 2412 W. 1st, Wichita, Kansas. Riley’s Rescue started in 2004 and provides roadside assistance to motorists, including flatbed towing, lockouts, jump starts for dead batteries, changing flat tires, and rescuing motorists that have run out of gas. His business has grown through word-of-mouth and relationships with auto clubs. The business will have one employee including the owner at this time. With funds provided through the SCKEDD Microloan and Revolving Loan Funds Programs, he will purchase a tow truck. This will enable him to hire a part-time employee to take over the smaller tasks while he tows disabled vehicles.
Phone: (316) 200-1158
The SCKEDD Microloan program recently closed a loan with Ruben’s Mexican Grill, Inc., a full service Mexican restaurant located at 520 W Douglas, Wichita, Kansas. Mr. Ruben Acosta opened the restaurant in September 2002 and offers a wide range of Mexican style food in a sit down atmosphere. They offer home cooked tacos, enchiladas, tamales and many more items. They also offer margaritas, beer and other alcoholic beverages. Mr. Acosta had used the Microloan program in the past and wanted to use this program again to help fund some needed operating capital and equipment for the business.
Phone: (316) 262-2412
The SCKEDD Microloan program, along with a loan from NetWork Kansas, closed a loan with Derrick Allison, dba McPherson Computer Services & Sales who operates a computer repair and sales store at 228 S Main, McPherson, Kansas. Mr. Allison can help diagnose and repair your computer and help build a custom computer to fit your personal or business needs. Mr. Allison was referred to SCKEDD after trying to obtain traditional financing for the business. The bank was unable to assist him as the business was considered a start-up, among other reasons. SCKEDD’s Microloan Program along with the NetWork Kansas loan was able to provide working capital for start-up expenses for the business.
Phone: (620) 480-9076
SCKEDD’s District Loan Committee recently approved a loan to Procopio Investments, LLC dba Morningwood Lane Trailer Park located at 105 N. Clark, Lyons, Kansas. The funds will be used to expand the small existing trailer park by building additional residential pads. These additional pads are needed for workers coming to the area needing rental space for their trailers and recreational vehicles. The business will create two new jobs.
Phone: (620) 680-0298
The SCKEDD Mircroloan program closed a loan with Moments Captured by Jennifer, LLC. This is a photography business located at 331 N. Rock Island, Wichita, Kansas. The owner, Jennifer Skivers, has over ten years experience producing top quality prints and has many photos displayed in art galleries in Kansas City, MO. Jennifer loves to capture moments in their most natural form, which includes using nature as a backdrop. She offers comfortable photography sessions to allow the client to relax and reveal his or her true personality. SCORE referred Ms. Skivers to SCKEDD after working with her on business planning. SCKEDD’s Microloan Program was able to provide funding for working capital and equipment for this start-up business.
Phone: (913) 827-6973