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Open 4 Business - winner receives up to $28,000

Open 4 Business Contest Now Open

Do you have a great business idea? Have you always wanted to own a business in downtown Corning? 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 Corning is looking for interested entrepreneurs who could use $28,000 to expand and grow their business idea within the Corning 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 $28,000 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.

Please contact the Main Street Corning Director if interested. Local application deadline for grant consideration is March 2. Each designated Main Street community may submit one local business applicant that will represent Corning at the state competition held in Iowa City on July 28, 2020. Local businesses could win up to $28,000 to help support their business expansion idea.

For complete details about this program, please contact Marti Gebbie, Director at 641.322.3243 or mscorning@adamscountyiowa.com or Robin Bostrom, Business Specialist, Iowa Downtown Resource Center/Main Street Iowa at 515.348.6176 or robin.bostrom@iowaEDA.com.

Grant Application Form

Open 4 Business Flyer