Volume One Special Coverage: Pulling Together While Staying Apart


String Shop Tops Jump-Start Biz Contest

Tom Giffey

John and Rose Vincent of
John and Rose Vincent of
Offbeats Violin & Guitar

Entrepreneurial innovation was honored Aug. 6 at the annual Jump-Start Downtown Business Plan Competition. The awards, which are given out by Downtown Eau Claire Inc., are designed to stimulate business growth downtown. The big winner was Offbeats Violin & Guitar, which is described as “a multifaceted stringed-instrument shop serving the varied needs of musicians.” Proprietors John and Rose Vincent received a prize of $5,000 plus a $500 DECI media package, and they are in the process of relocating their business to the downtown. The runner up, who received a $500 DECI media package, was William Glass for the business plan he created for the Eau Claire Brewing Project, a forthcoming craft brewery and taproom. (Glass is owner of the Fire House tavern downtown.) And the Innovative Idea Prize went to siblings Mike and Vicki Milewski, who recently opened Galaudet Gallery, 618 S. Farwell St. They received a $1,000 scholarship to the UW Small Business Development Center. This was DECI’s ninth annual Jump-Start competition. To learn more about DECI or how you can submit your business plan to next year’s contest, visit www.DowntownEauClaire.org.

Lasker Jewelers
Lasker Jewelers

Pulling Together Partners

The following organizations are currently supporting Volume One’s work in the community during the pandemic:

Lasker Jewelers

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire

Downtown Eau Claire Inc DECI

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Pablo Group

Wisconsin Independent Network

Middle West Management

Bon Iver

Royal Credit Union

Silver Spring

Evergreen Surgical

Charter Bank

Chippewa Valley Technical College

The Murty Henriksen Family

The Larry and Marie Past Family

The Dan and Kerry Kincaid Family

Anton and Rae Schilling-Smets

Brady and Jeanne Foust

If your organization is interested in supporting Volume One during this difficult time, nick@volumeone.orgcontact us.