Winneshiek County continues grant programs for small businesses

Winneshiek County Development's Biz Booster Challenge and Ag-Mini Grant programs awarded $17,000 in grants this year, according to Executive Director Stephanie Fromm.

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Winneshiek County Development's Biz Booster Challenge and Ag-Mini Grant programs awarded $17,000 in grants this year, according to Executive Director Stephanie Fromm.

Many projects throughout the Winneshiek area have been supported by the programs, including a woodfire pizza company at a local farm, according to a press release. The Ag-Mini Grant programs have also funded the purchase of over 60 pear trees for a new brewery in the area.

Other awarded business include Discover Happy Pilates Studio of Decorah and Northeast Iowa Architectural Salvage and Skrap Work of Ridgeway. 

“The application process helps new businesses define their goals and project their potential expenditures/gains. The process also challenges existing businesses to revisit their original plan and redefine goals that best suit their market and current business structure,” Fromm said in a press release. "WCDI believes it is essential for a business to have a quality business plan to succeed, so it is our intent help provide these exciting opportunities for businesses and ag producers throughout Winneshiek County.”

Judges select winners on their business plan, its likelihood of success, the risks involved and how it will benefit the Winneshiek community. 

“We had more than $118,000 in requested funds from projects happening all over the county,” Fromm said. “It's an exciting opportunity for everyone interested.”

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