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Posted: April 22, 2015 Bigger prizes to be awarded in Jump-Start competition

"Jump-Start Downtown" is an annual business competition for people looking to start or relocate their business in downtown Eau Claire by May of 2016. 

"A panel of six expert judges including financial representatives and business plan consultants will review the submitted business plans," said City of Eau Claire Business Assistance Specialist  Elaine Coughlin.  They will choose the best three competitors, who will then get the chance to pitch their ideas to the judges in person.  All three will receive a prize package, and the top two will receive cash prizes. 

New prize packages will be provided this year!  The grand prize includes $5,000 cash for start-up capital, a DECI Media package, and a two hour creative marketing session with JB Systems.  JB Systems is also giving the grand prize winner one year of free website hosting and a $250 credit towards a branding project. 

"We are so grateful for the Jump-Start opportunity which helped us relocate Offbeats Violin and Guitar to the heart of downtown Eau Claire," last year's winner Rose Vincent said.  The 2013 winner, Colleen Weber, is thankful that the Jump-Start competition brought her business, the Smiling Moose Deli, media recognition and advertising that lasted almost two years!

If you would like to participate in the competition, please click here for more information.

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