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Small Business Grant Contest- Winners Announced

Source: Warren County Economic Development
Author: Brennan Ginder
Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Time: 2:55 PM

Small Business Grant Contest- Winners Announced

On June 7th, 2018, Warren County Economic Development Corp. hosted its 4th annual Small Business Grant Contest at Simpson College. It was an evening of tough competition and thrilling presentations as three start-up business finalists and three existing businesses finalists presented their business pitches and ideas to a panel of talented judges. The start-up businesses competed for the $4,000 grant, while the existing businesses competed for the $6,000 grant.

The judges had a very difficult task set before them, as all six businesses have an impact on the local economy and add unique services and retail opportunities to the County. Each finalist had ten minutes to pitch their business and convince the judges of their business plans. All six performed extremely well and did an amazing job presenting. Regardless of who won, it was truly a fantastic event where these businesses could show off their products and services, and let their passion for their work shine.

The winner of the start-up business grant was Embark Ink, LLC, owned by Kathy New and based in Indianola. Embark Ink is a start-up screen printing business. The grant money will be used to purchase a new printing press that will allow them to run multiple jobs at the same time and aide their business in increasing labor efficiency. This may also allow them to potentially hire part time employees for big production needs.

The winner of the existing business grant was Funaro’s Deli & Bakery, owned by Bryant Houston and located on the Indianola town square. The grant funding will be used for updating the lighting in the restaurant to LED fixtures and remodeling/replacing the interior ceiling tiles for the restaurant.