Open 4 Business

Open 4 Business

Open 4 Business Contest Now Open

Do you have a great business idea?  Have you always wanted to own a business in downtown Centerville, Iowa?  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?

Main Street Centerville is looking for interested entrepreneurs who could use $28,500 to expand and grow their business idea within the Centerville 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 $28,5000 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‚Äôs Downtown Resource Center and Main Street Iowa program.

Our Main Street Centerville program is excited to announce that for our local downtown businesses winner there will be a cash prize of $500, thank you to Iowa Trust & Savings Bank and Farmers Bank of Centerville for sponsoring this local competition!  Contact Mary at the Main Street Centerville office for more details, application is due to the local Main Street office by April 26th at 4 pm, late applications will not be accepted.  Each designated Main Street community may submit one local business applicant that represent Centerville at the state competition held in Des Moines on June 27, 2019.  Local businesses could win up to $28,500 to help support their business expansion idea.

For complete details about this program, please contact Mary Wells, Executive Director at 641.895.20188, 115 E Van Buren St, Centerville, Iowa 52544.