Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition Launches

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. (DECI) is hosting the 13th Annual Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition. “Jump-Start Downtown” is a business plan competition for entrepreneurs interested in opening a business in Downtown Eau Claire. This competition is open to any type of business – from hi-tech office services to specialty gift shops.

Over the past 12 years, DECI has awarded over $70,000 in prizes, and has seen 33 participants open their doors downtown. “It’s very exciting to see the continuing interest in our downtown and the many great business plans we receive each year. The new businesses really make a huge impact,” said Mike Schatz, the Executive Director of Downtown Eau Claire, Inc.


To participate, the following must be submitted to DECI by September 1, 2017:

Eligibility: Participants must be 18 years of age or older and interested in starting a business in Downtown Eau Claire or relocating a business to Downtown Eau Claire. Participants cannot enter a business already located downtown at the time of entry into the competition. The proposed business must open within 12 months of the competition.

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