Open4Business Competition 2020

Do you have a great business idea?  Have you always wanted to own a business in downtown Jefferson?  Is your current business planning to expand services or add a new product line?  Do you have a piece of equipment you wish you could purchase for your business?

Jefferson Matters: A Main Street & Chamber Community is looking for interested entrepreneurs who could use $28,000 to expand and grow their business idea within the Jefferson Main Street district.  The Open 4 Business contest, launched in 2015, is an opportunity for businesses located within a state-designated Main Street district, to compete for a chance to win up to $28,000 in grant funds to assist with a business development or expansion project that will help them grow their business.  Businesses must complete an online application and submit a short video outlining their business idea and how it will benefit the local economic climate in their community. A 25% cash match is required. Businesses must have been in operation for at least 1 year to apply. The grant funds are administered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Downtown Resource Center and Main Street Iowa program.

The Economic Vitality will choose the one candidate.  Please contact the Jefferson Matters: A Main Street & Chamber Community Office if you would like to be considered.  Each designated Main Street community may submit one local business applicant that will represent Jefferson at the state competition.

For more specifics about the application and requirements, please go to www.jeffersonmatters.org and look under Resources for Open4Business.

For complete details about this program, please contact director@jeffersonmatters.org  or Robin Bostrom, Business Specialist, Iowa Downtown Resource Center/Main Street Iowa at 515.348.6176 or robin.bostrom@iowaEDA.com.

The 2020 information for applying is here!

Budget Sample

CONTEST RULES 2020

Copy of State Application

Judges Scoring Criteria2020

Open 4 Business info sheet 2020

Open4Business 2020 Marketing flyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

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