End of the Jump Start grant competition at Eau Claire
EAU CLAIRE, Wisconsin (WEAU) – If you’ve got a brilliant business plan or you’re just looking to move one to downtown Eau Claire, it’s time to throw your hat in the ring.
Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. (DECI) hosts an annual grant competition for those who may be looking for a “helping hand” in the downtown scene, but the deadline to apply is drawing to a close.
Through the start-up competition, three companies each year have the chance to win start-up capital, DECI membership and a 3-month flexible membership with CoLab.
Over the past years, grant recipients have covered dozens of favorite businesses, from Ramones Ice Cream Parlor to Raggedy Man, Ifs & Buts Candy & Nuts, to name a few.
Blue Ox Running owners Adam and Alicia Condit received the 2017 seed grant two days after they first opened.
“Thinking back to those early days is a little weird because there is so much going on, you have sleepless nights, you do this grunt work, just to get this little project started on a shoestring budget, ‘” , said Adam. “So you never know what these moves can earn you with and even if they don’t earn you in this specific competition, those long term relationships go very, very far.”
Both say they are grateful to be part of the strong sense of community here at Eau Claire.
“We really wanted our business to be community based, this is not the Adam and Alicia show, it is of course Blue Ox Running and that has always been our motto” fast or slow, let’s go ” “, explains Alicia. “You don’t even have to be a runner to walk into our store, no matter what type of fitness you are, we just want to get people moving … even for the marathon weekend it’s so nice to be supported. “
The deadline to apply for the Jump-Start Downtown Award is Monday, October 11.
To start the application process, click here.
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