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Posted: September 26, 2018 Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition Applicants Announced

Eau Claire, Wis. – Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. (DECI) is excited to announce that five applications were received for the 14th Annual Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition. They are:

  • Eric Johnson, (Not Just) Anybody’s Bikeshop
  • Taylor Pieper & Julie Rozanski, Cork
  • Matt Pabich, Raggedy Man
  • Bibi Krumenauer, Star Cup
  • Tabatha Voss, The Broom & Crow 

All applicants are invited to make a presentation and interview with this year’s judges. They are scheduled for Thursday, September 27 at Royal Credit Union. DECI is proud to announce the following judges for this year’s program:

  • Char Gurney, Royal Credit Union
  • Joe Mirr, Ruder Ware
  • Tim Bliek, Entrepreneur
  • MaiVue Xiong, Weld Riley
  • Chris Brooke, WESTconsin Credit Union 

DECI will announce the winners of the 14th Annual Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition during an Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 2 at 11:30am. The luncheon, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Eau Claire and catered by the sideBAR on Grand, will be held at the Royal Credit Union Corporate Center at 200 Riverfront Terrace in Downtown Eau Claire. In addition to the awards, this year’s luncheon will feature reflections from last year’s winner, Adam Condit of Blue Ox Running.

This year’s expanded prize packages include for the grand prize winner $5,000 in start-up capital from Royal Credit Union to open a new business or relocate in Downtown Eau Claire. They will also be awarded prize packages from The Leader Telegram and JB System. In 2015, this award was named for Jim Mishefske, who served as the director of UW-Eau Claire’s Small Business Development Center and passed suddenly in 2014. The Honorable Mention comes with $2,500 in start-up capital, thanks to this year’s “Leap Level” sponsors, and a prize package from Spin Vision. The Innovative Idea winner will be awarded $1,000 in start-up capital. All applicants are eligible for the Entrepreneurial Training Program from the Small Business Development Center within 1 year and will receive a media package from Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. All told, prizes totaling almost $1,000 just for participating!

To attend the luncheon on October 2, please contact Ray French at (715) 839-8061 or to register.

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