Business Development

Scott County is bucking the economic trend regarding rural development these days. As a community that depends largely on the success of farming and livestock, and more recently oil and gas, this western Kansas town is growing! The progressive nature of Scott County and the people who live here is not a new trend, however.

From its beginning in 1885, Scott County has been unique. A woman named Maria DeGeer ventured from Chicago to found Scott County proper. Early records and journals indicate settlers in Scott County were hearty, progressive, visionary people who were tested many times through drought and blizzard conditions. These individuals of stamina and faith stayed. They possessed a love of this prairie and passed it to their descendants.


LOAN POOL FUNDS FOR BUSINESS VENTURES – SCDC is fortunate to access roughly $500,000 for loans to qualifying emerging (start-up), existing and expanding Scott County businesses.  The Board of Directors and Staff of SCDC understand their role to the entrepreneur.  SCDC funding often provides the gap financing to fund a project that might otherwise be considered “too risky”.  Working with local lenders has proven to be advantageous for borrowers.  Loan terms vary from project to project, but interest rates are competitive and terms are friendly.  SCDC does not charge fees for business plan coaching, market analysis and general assistance.  SCDC stands ready to help YOU, when YOU are ready to start your business on a firm foundation.

SCOTT COUNTY MICRO LOAN PROGRAM is available for businesses located in Scott County that have five or fewer full-time employees. The program must meet 51% participation by low to moderate income applicants. Not all projects must meet this requirement, just 51% of the projects. Maximum loan amount is $25,000. All start-up businesses MUST provide an injection of cash or tangible assets. Existing businesses must show a positive net worth. Can be a stand-alone financing source or coupled with other loans. Once loan is repaid, the funds are loaned to other businesses.

USDA RURAL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE GRANT – These grant funds were awarded in 2011 to enhance the SCDC loan pool.  The funds are loaned, not granted, to local projects.  This funding mechanism works well when partnered with personal capital, local lenders and SCDC loan pool funds.  Again, applicants must provide an injection of cash or capital assets.  Job creation is required to utilize these funds.

E(entrepreneurship)-COMMUNITY PROGRAM (through Network Kansas) was introduced to Scott County through a tax credit grant received from Network Kansas. These funds are intended to energize and empower communities to help entrepreneurs and financial partners transform ideas into strong, sensible business opportunities. E-community funding requires a partner like SCDC to fulfill that role. More information, business enterprise coaching, and applications are available at the SCDC office.

         Additional Resources;

Scott County Development Committee, Inc. 
and E-Community Leadership Team
Katie Eisenhour, Executive Director
823 S Main St
Scott City, KS 67871
(620) 872-3525 x2

Network Kansas 
Lea Ann Seiler, Southwestern Region
Entrepreneurship Manager  
(620) 357-5561

Kansas Department of Commerce
Vacant Position


Small Business Development Center  
Ashley Still
2215 N. Kansas Ave, P. O. Box 1137
Liberal, KS 67905-1137
(620) 417-1955
USDA Rural Development
Doug Bruggeman, Area Specialist
2715 Canterbury Dr. #102
Hays, KS 67601 
(785) 628-3081 x437
Security State Bank
506 S Main St
Scott City, KS 67871
(620) 872-2018
Western State Bank
1425 S Main St
Scott City, KS 67871
(620) 872-2227
American AgCredit
1422 S Main St
Scott City, KS
(620) 872-5391
First National Bank
501 S Main St
Scott City, KS 67871
(620) 872-2143