Open 4 Business Contest Announced

Last Updated 2/5/2024


Do you have a great business idea?  Have you always wanted to own a business in downtown Avoca?  Is your current business planning to expand services or add a new product line?  Do you have a piece of equipment you wish you could purchase for your business?

Avoca Main Street, Inc. is looking for interested entrepreneurs who could use dollars to expand and grow their business idea within the Avoca Main Street district.  The Open 4 Business contest, launched in 2015, is an opportunity for businesses located within a state-designated Main Street district, to compete for a chance to win up to $28,000 in grant funds to assist with a business development or expansion project that will help them grow their business.  Businesses must complete an online application and submit a short video outlining their business idea and how it will benefit the local economic climate in their community. A 25% cash match is required. Businesses must have been in operation for at least 1 year to apply. The grant funds are administered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority‚Äôs Downtown Resource Center and Main Street Iowa program.

Each designated Main Street community may submit one local business applicant that could represent Avoca at the state competition to be held in Cedar Rapids on August 5, 2024. 

For complete details about this program, please contact Amber Mohr at 712.307.0172 or [email protected] or Robin Bostrom, Business Specialist, Iowa Downtown Resource Center/Main Street Iowa at 515.348.6176 or [email protected].

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