Posted: October 11, 2019 Welcome the newest start-ups in downtown Eau Claire, WI
Three new businesses are adding their uniqueness to the vibrant community in downtown Eau Claire. And after winning cash and services as part of the Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition, hopefully, you will be seeing their names more regularly. As part of the competition, applicants submit business plans and are invited to give a presentation in front of a judging panel. Thanks to our generous sponsors in the Eau Claire business community, we were able to award a Grand Prize, Honorable Mention, and Innovative Idea prize package.
Learn more about this year’s winners!
Grand Prize Winner: The Well
Owner, Amy Erickson
Expanding on her already successful business, Latitude 44, Amy opened The Well. The Well is where the Chippewa Valley converges to experience wellness through the foundation of fitness and it's more than a gym. The Well provides group fitness classes to support physical well-being and also acts as a catalyst to mental and spiritual well-being which is further supported through the connections to Latitude 44 Yoga Studio and the offering of a Dual Membership.
Honorable Mention Winner: Grace Skin Studio
Owner, Jordan Jeffreys
Medical esthetician, Jordan Jeffreys, aims to make high-quality, affordable skincare accessible to everyone through Grace Skin Studio. The inspiration for the name of her business came from the idea that she wants her potential clients and especially women to treat themselves with more grace instead of trying to fit into a socially defined mold. Come learn more about her advanced technologies and during the anticipated opening date in late October.
Innovative Idea Winner: Eau Claire Rolling Tap
Owner, Alex Bauchle
The first and only mobile bar in the Chippewa Valley, the Rolling Tap offers a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to experience Downtown Eau Claire from a unique perspective. Each tour is powered by groups of 8-14 pedalers as they enjoy a drink, tour the downtown area, and visit local establishments. Future plans for the Rolling Tap include partnerships with even more local businesses to provide wine tastings, food tours, and possible art or sculpture tours.
DECI looks forward to continuing the program in 2020 with a renewed focus on making the grants more accessible to local entrepreneurs.
More about the prize packages:
Grand Prize : $5,000 in start-up capital (sponsored by Royal Credit Union), a Brand Development Strategy Session with JB Systems ($680 value), $500 Advertising Credits with both The Leader Telegram and Volume One, and a 3-month flex membership with CoLab ($330 value).
Honorable Mention: $2,500 in start-up capital (sponsored by ‘Leap’ level sponsors: Market & Johnson, JAMF, Rotary Club of Eau Claire, Weld Riley, WESTconsin Credit Union, Xcel Energy), 3 month flex membership with CoLab ($330 value), and $250 Advertising Credits with both The Leader Telegram and Volume One.
Innovative Idea Prize: $1,000 in start-up capital (sponsored by Associated Bank).
Additional sponsors: Banbury Place, Bauman Associates, Cigan Properties, Charter Bank, Huebsch Services, North Barstow BID, South Barstow BID, Ramones, Ruder Ware, Willow Creek Women’s Creek Clinic