Charles City, Iowa – ‘Open 4 Business’ competition returns with chance to win up to $28,000!
Now in its second year, the Open 4 Business contest is open to any for-profit business in Charles City’s designated downtown district, be it a new start-up or an existing business looking to expand. As one of 53 Main Street Iowa communities in the state, Charles City through its Community Revitalization program is permitted to submit one (and only one) business idea to the sub-state judging competition. Each of the five sub-state winners will receive $8,000 and advance on to the state competition Aug. 2 in Des Moines for a chance to win another $20,000 as the overall winner.
Local Open 4 Business entries will be due in the Community Revitalization Office at 401 N. Main St. by 4 p.m. on May 2. Please contact the office or email firstname.lastname@example.org for full contest rules and criteria. Businesses will be required to complete an application form and make a 15-minute “pitch” about their business idea to a panel of judges. Businesses must also be able to provide a minimum 25 percent cash match toward their business development efforts outlined in their business pitch.