Startup Grants Available

The executive director of the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership encourages start up businesses and entrepreneurs to take advantage of the IGNITE! Entrepreneur Startup Grant. Amy Hansen says they got a $40,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation they can use to help out startup businesses. She says $10,000 will be used for marketing and behind the scene costs, but the remainder will be used to help out 15 businesses. She says there are types of businesses that aren’t eligible for the grant. She says you have to be a for-profit business, not connected with a franchise or pyramid, and should be family-friendly. Successful businesses have to be located in Fond du Lac County and go through IGNITE! Certification. Successful businesses will get a $2,000 grant. To get started visit the IGNITE Fond du Lac County website.