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Jump-Start Downtown Eau Claire Business Competition Awards Luncheon Announced

Posted September 27th, 2016

EAU CLAIRE, WI – Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. will announce the winners of the twelfth annual Jump-Start Downtown Eau Claire Business Competition during an Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 12:00pm. The reception will be held at the Royal Credit Union Corporate Center at 200 Riverfront Terrace in Downtown Eau Claire.

This year’s luncheon will also feature a special tribute for Charles Grossklaus, former President and CEO of Royal Credit Union, for his work to “Jump-Start” Downtown Eau Claire. “It was his vision that led Royal Credit Union to build its headquarters in a blighted area, which was the ‘jump-start’ the community needed to begin reinvesting in its Downtown, said Mike Schatz, Executive Director, Downtown Eau Claire, Inc.

The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 in start-up capital to open a new business in Downtown Eau Claire or to relocate an existing business to the heart of the city. They will also be awarded a prize package from JB Systems. In 2015, this award was named for Jim Mishefske, who served as the director of UW-Eau Claire’s Small Business Development Center and passed suddenly in 2014.

The Runner-Up will also win $500 in start-up capital and a prize package from Spin Vision. Both awards come with a media package from Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. valued at over $500. The Innovative Idea winner will be awarded an entrepreneurial scholarship by the Small Business Development Center.

To attend the event, please contact Ray French at (715) 839-4914 or ray.french@eauclairewi.gov to register.