MAIN STREET IOWA OPEN 4 BUSINESS

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Main Street Iowa offers the Open 4 Business program to encourage business development in designated Main Street districts.

WHAT TYPES OF THINGS CAN YOU SPEND THE MONEY ON?

Each spring Main Street Waterloo will accept applications for interested entrepreneurs who could are looking to expand and grow their business ideas within the Main Street Waterloo district. The Open 4 Business contest launched in 2015, is an opportunity for businesses located within the Main Street district, to compete for a chance to win grant funds to assist with a business development or expansion project that will help you grow your business. Businesses will be required to complete an online application and submit a short video (5-minute maximum time limit) outlining your business idea and how it will benefit the local economic climate in our 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.

 

Main Street Waterloo will select one local business applicant to submit to represent MSW at the state competition. If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please provide a summary of the project with a proposed budget to Jessica Rucker, Executive Director, at director@mainstreetwaterloo.org no later than 5:00 pm March 1st. If your project is selected Main Street Waterloo will work with you over the next month to complete the grant application and film the 5 minute video.

Yes

  • Inventory

  • Equipment

  • Marketing

  • Computers

  • Software Upgrades

No

  • Rent

  • Utilities

  • Payroll for employees

  • Remodeling

  • Vehicles

This is a great place to tell your story and give people more insight into who you are, what you do, and why it’s all about you.