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’s 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.

2016 Main Street Iowa Market Analysis Services Community Site Visit #1 is set for August 24th

2016 Main Street Iowa Market Analysis Services Community Site Visit #1 is set for August 24th

The MSI Team will make a full-day site visit to conduct a community tour and a four-part work session with local project team. This phase begins the process of technical assistance, provides orientation and assistance to each recipient to assess current conditions and efforts, and provides training and instructions for the completion the primary research (surveys) component of the project.

 Community Tour: Conduct an on-site visual assessment of the Main Street target area and surrounding region to observe current conditions, features and competitive factors relevant to each district’s business climate, business mix, residential market, occupancy rates, and potential business development and marketing efforts.

 Four Part Workshop (Full Project Team):

Part One: On-site orientation to review and discuss the process and schedule, including the roles and responsibilities of the local project team and the specific nature of technical assistance to be provided by the MSI team.

Part Two: Review the Market Snapshot document prepared per Phase 1A to identify trends in the marketplace, including conditions or trends that might be explored in more depth during the primary research phase.

Part Three: Introduce and review the Market Study report template and discuss, specifically, content to be prepared by the local project team and integrated in the document’s Community Profile section, which will serve as an introduction to the community’s Market Study Report.

Part Four: Provide training and help the local project team prepare for the performance of primary research (surveys), including the preparation of questionnaires and the conduct of business and consumer surveys.


Our Site two visit is scheduled for October 12, 2016