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Posted: July 25, 2013 Four Businesses Enter DECI's Jump-Start Competition

DECI's Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition award luncheon is Thursday, Aug 8, and YOU are invited! This year marks the 9 year anniversary of the Jump-Start competition, a business plan competition for entrepreneurs interested in opening a business in Downtown Eau Claire.  Throughout the last 8 years of the competition, DECI has given over $46,000 to downtown businesses and seen 25 participants set up shop downtown. 

This year, DECI is offering a grand prize of $5,000 in start-up capital and a DECI media package worth $500.  The competition is open to any type of business as long as they are interested in operating downtown.  

Jump Start


This year's participants include:


Capture Life  

(Jessica Harrison)

Capture life is a studio offering yoga, fitness classes, educational opportunities, and other services targeting pregnant women and mothers.


Clever Owl

(Katie Wolff, Larisa Shewczyk, Joey Olson, Josh Smeltzer)

Clever Owl is a full-service creative agency that is modern, digitally savvy, and ready to take flight.  They offer top-tier graphic design, full writing services, and custom web development.


The District

(Tim Sexton, Benny Kusuma, Arturo Schwencke)

The District is a concept café that introduces an innovator-friendly retail environment that encourages start-up kick starters and risk taking initiatives.


Spin Vision

(Jonathan S. Leuthe)

Spin Vision offers a full line of digital media and marketing services, with an emphasis in virtual tours and mobile marketing/ advertising for local real estate, local businesses, and tourism industries. 


The ceremony begins at 12:00 noon in the Eau Claire River Room of the RCU corporate center.  Lunch catered by former Jump-Start winner The Smiling Moose Deli begins at 12:00 p.m. with the awards to follow.  Tickets are $10 per person.  RSVP by Friday August 2 to Julie Mishefske at or by phone at (715) 839-4914.  Advanced payment made out to DECI or pay at the door. Vegetarian option available upon RSVP.

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