Historic Preservation and Economic Development are priorities of the Leavenworth Main Street Program. We offer many avenues for business support including gap funding opportunities.

It’s important that your business is successful and grows and prospers in beautiful, historic downtown Leavenworth. Within these efforts, many opportunities are afforded to our business members. The Leavenworth Main Street office should be your first point of contact when you are considering starting a business, leasing or purchasing a building, expanding or relocating your business and projects that could utilize gap financing to stretch your private investment.

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KU Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Leavenworth Main Street works hand in hand with the KU SBDC. Their director is a free generalist consultant, who comes to Leavenworth on a regular basis, offering support to businesses.

  • Helping you understand Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Getting the Right Start
  • Helping you write and further develop your Business Plan
  • Helping businesses understand financial planning, budgets and related
  • Your confidential business consultant

Contact Wendy Scheidt, Leavenworth Main Street Executive Director, 913-682-3924 or to schedule an appointment.

IWW (Incentives Without Walls) LARGE PROJECTS

  • Available to LMS Business Members in good standing
  • 0% Loan, payable over 1 – 5 years, depending on the amount of the loan
  • 1:3 match required; $20,000 maximum public funding; $60,000 minimum private match
  • Interior renovations including HVAC, electrical, plumbing, floor restoration, construction, painting and more
  • Exterior renovations including façade renovation, awning, signage, brick repair and more
  • Building purchase

IWW (Incentives Without Walls) SMALL PROJECTS

  • Available to LMS Business Members in good standing
  • 0% Loan, payable over 1 – 2 years
  • 1:1 match required; $2,000 maximum public funding; $2,000 maximum private match
  • Façade renovations, awnings, signage, technology upgrades

Review Guidelines for details. Contact LMS Director, for additional information and to start the application process

City of Leavenworth Grant
The City of Leavenworth provides a matching grant for building updates and/or renovations to new and existing commmercial, retail and industrial businesses. Owners may be reimbursed for 50 percent of the cost of the improvements, up to a maximum of $5,000.
Click here for application

Network Kansas/e-community
Network Kansas was established as a component of the Kansas Economic Growth Act of 2004 to further Entrepreneurship and small business growth as a priority for economic and community development in the State of Kansas.

On November 14, 2011, Network Kansas announced that Leavenworth’s First City Development Corporation was selected as the 2011 Entrepreneurship (E-) Community member and awarded $166,000 to the local community business loan fund to assist Entrepreneurs in the City.

First City Development Corporation is a Network Kansas E-Community member and is making loans to Entrepreneurs for new business expansion within the City limits of Leavenworth. E-community loans cannot exceed $45,000. Terms of the “Zero” percent loans cannot exceed ninety-six months.
Click here for application

Leavenworth Main Street is committed to working with our members and all merchants downtown through the good times and the challenging times. To that end we know the coming months will be challenging. An understatement, I know. But a challenge can be overcome! We have collected a few resources you will find helpful.

CARES Act funding- posted August 24, 2020

The application portal for both Economic Development and Connectivity grants being made by the SPARK Task Force using CARES Act funds opened for review at 4 p.m. on August 13 at Applications will be accepted beginning at Noon, on Wednesday, August 19th.

This funding will provide grants to small businesses and nonprofits that have incurred losses of more than 25% of revenues during COVID, among other eligible categories.


Leavenworth County Plan for Re-Opening- Phase 1

If you want to support our local businesses/ restaurants check out these links!

Leavenworth Times-Local Business Directory  -Business & Restaurants operating in the Leavenworth and Lansing area.  Call in, on-line.

Food in Leavenworth– Facebook page for Restaurants in Leavenworth

Leavenworth Food to go During COVID-19-Face book page for restaurants offering to go and delivery services

General Resources for Businesses/Restaurants

LCDC Webinar Summary – Secretary Toland April 2, 2020

PPP US Chamber COVID Small Biz Loan -April 2, 2020

PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance)

Leavenworth County Development Corporation– list of government resources

Economic Injury Worksheet –
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HIRE Fund Info Sheet 03.19.2020- 

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