Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition

The Jump-Start Award

Jump-Start Downtown" is a business competition for entrepreneurs interested in opening a business in Downtown Eau Claire. 


“Jump-Start Downtown” is a business competition for people 18 years of age or older who are interested in starting a business or relocating one to the downtown area before September 2019. Any type of business is eligible, from hi-tech offices to gift shops. Businesses entered cannot be already located downtown at the time of entry into the competition.


The deadline for submitting your application and business plan is Friday, August 31, 2018. 


The application can be found here.


Grand Prize: $5,000 in start-up capital (sponsored by Royal Credit Union), $750 Advertising Credit with The Leader Telegram and niche publications, and a Brand Development Strategy Session with JB Systems ($680 value). 

Honorable Mention: $2,500 in start-up capital (new cash prize sponsored by ‘Leap’ level sponsors) and $500 Advertising Credit with SpinVision Virtual Tours.

Innovative Idea Prize: $1,000 in start-up capital (new cash prize sponsored by Jamf).

All applicants will receive a DECI Media Package that includes online and print promotions and ribbon cutting upon opening! Also new this year is up to 6 applicants to the 2018 Jump-Start Program are eligible for the Entrepreneurial Training Program from the Small Business Development Center within 1 year! 


High Jump Level

Jump Level

Leap Level

Bounce Level


Hop Level

Bauman Associates, Ltd.    |    Charter Bank    |    Huebsch Services    |    Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C.    |    Willow Creek Women's Clinic    |    Cigan Properties
We are grateful for all of our business sponsors!

This year's grand prize of $5,000 is sponsored by Royal Credit Union!
This year's honorable mention prize of $2,500 is sponsored by our "Leap" sponsors, which include:
Market & Johnson, Mayo Clinic Health System, Weld Riley, S.C., WESTconsin Credit Union, and Xcel Energy.
This year's innovative idea prize now comes with a cash award of $1,000, sponsored by Jamf.

The program wouldn't be possible without the support of our other business sponsors. At the "Bounce" level, we have Associated Bank, Banbury Place, Huebsch Services, Latitude 44 Yoga Studio, the North Barstow BID, and Ramone's Ice Cream Parlor!
At the "Hop" level, we have the support of Bauman Associates, Charter Bank, Cigan Properties, Ruder Ware, and Willow Creek Women's Creek!