Jump-Start Competition Could Launch Your Business Idea

V1 Staff

If you’ve got an entrepreneurial dream, it’s time to get it off the ground with the help of the 14th Annual Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition sponsored by Downtown Eau Claire Inc. This business plan competition is open to anyone 18 or older who wants to begin a business in downtown Eau Claire or relocate one there. Over the past 13 years, more than $75,000 in prizes have been given to start-up businesses ranging from tech firms to gift shops to graphic designers. Last year’s winners included Blue Ox Running, Sky Yoga, and Dotters Books. To enter, you must submit a business plan (30 pages or fewer), a résumé, and a signed application (available online) by Aug. 31. This year’s grand prize includes $5,000 in start-up capital, a brand development strategy session with JB Systems, and advertising credit with the Leader-Telegram. To learn more and to download an application, visit DowntownEauClaire.org/jump-start.