Apply Now: Business Support Program

Downtown Wichita has been listening to businesses within the Self Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) about what support is most needed during this difficult time. One of the needs consistently heard is support related to professional areas such as law, accounting, human resources and marketing.

In addition to overall marketing efforts and providing information about public financial resources, Downtown Wichita has received a grant from the COVID-19 Connection Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation to help eligible small businesses within the SSMID partner with local professionals to provide services and assistance. These local professionals include Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, Howerton+White and Martin Pringle Law Firm.

Eligible businesses can apply to receive a consultation valued at $1,500 from one of the partner professional service firms. Acceptance into the program will be based on the business need and availability of funds on a first come, first serve basis. The program will continue until funds are depleted. Downtown Wichita will connect the eligible business with the service provider and provide funding directly to the professional firm.

Eligibility 
If your business is within the SSMID boundaries (Central Avenue to Kellogg Avenue Washington Avenue to the Arkansas River), you are eligible to apply for the Business Support Program. View a map of the SSMID.

Types of Services Available

Business Strategy
• Business strategy and planning
• Accounting/Financial/Tax Advice
• Employee management
• Technology Services (Cybersecurity, network and information systems etc.)
• Other accounting and business advice

Marketing
• Insight on creating a business website
• Updates to an existing website and/or other online (ex. social media) platforms
• Help setting up online sales options for a business website
• Assistance with paid media (traditional, digital, etc.)
• Other marketing advice

Legal
• Guidance on regular and emergency sick and family leave
• Workplace health and safety
• Tax credits or tax deferrals
• Legal HR considerations
• Other legal advice

COVID-19 Legislation
• Assistance with CARES Act, FFCRA, and other COVID-19 legislation
• Assistance with Paycheck Protection Program application and forgiveness documentation
• Understanding and applying for government assistance

How to Apply
Please fill out the online form via JotForm in order to apply. If you have questions regarding the application, please contact Emily Brookover, Director of Community Development for Downtown Wichita.

Apply Now

Apply now using an online form via JotForm.

Contract Requirements
Businesses that are awarded funded services will sign an agreement with the service provider outlining the terms and conditions under which the services are provided. Downtown Wichita will remain unaffiliated with said agreements. Awarded businesses are under no obligation to pay for services beyond what is provided by grant funding or to accept or act on any advice that is presented. 

In order to receive services through this program, awarded businesses will be required to sign an agreement with Downtown Wichita. This agreement will state that the services provided will be paid by grant funds and Downtown Wichita is not responsible for any advice or direction given.