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The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering disaster loans to several Kansas counties affected by severe storms and flooding earlier this month.

The low-interest federal loans will be available in Sedgwick, Butler, Cowley, Harper, Kingman, and Sumner counties. The SBA declared a disaster in those areas after heavy rains caused flooding in cities throughout southern Kansas.

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Business owners can gain insight from their peers during a free meeting beginning Saturday on the Wichita State campus. The monthly program is offered by the Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship.

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A free startup seminar will be held in Maize on Thursday to help aspiring entrepreneurs learn more about starting a business.

The workshop includes topics such as developing a sound business plan and covering important marketing strategies.

The session is offered by SCORE, a volunteer-run nonprofit that provides free confidential business advice. It's a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Kansas received an "A" grade again this year from's Small Business Survey. The grade was the seventh highest in the country.

The survey bases its grades on data gathered from a nationwide group of more than 7,000 small business owners, freelancers and entrepreneurs in order to rank the best places in the country to do business. The rankings were released in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation.

Kansas received its overall A grade thanks to a strong showing in several categories:

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State officials stopped in Wichita Wednesday as part of their Kansas Small Business Empowerment Tour.

The officials focused on tax reform and economic development across the state.

Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George, Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan and Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee met with Wichita business owners and other residents to discuss tax reform changes for 2013.

Secretary George says small businesses make up more than 90 percent of the jobs in the state and nationwide.