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DECI accepting applications for ‘Jump-Start Downtown’

Eau Claire (WQOW) — Downtown Eau Claire is looking to help jump start its next new business.

Downtown Eau Claire Inc. (DECI) is now accepting applications from local entrepreneurs hoping to open up shop within the year.

The “Jump-Start Downtown” competition offers a grand prize of $5,000 of start-up capital, along with $500 toward advertising. There is also the “honorable mention” prize of $2,500 and an “innovative idea” prize of $1,000.

You may recall last year’s grand prize winner was Raggedy Man Goods & Gifts.

The application deadline is September 2, 2019. You can find an application here. DECI requests a business plan (30 pages or less) along your resume (or those owning the business).

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.

All other questions about the competition can contact Aaron White by phone at (715) 839-4914 or by email at

Samantha Wensel

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