RESOURCES FOR OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES
West Branch Community Development Group is dedicated to helping businesses new and old, big and small, from all sectors of our economy access the resources they need to grow and thrive within our community.
WBCDG REVOLVING LOAN FUND
Loans in amounts from $500 to $5,000* with as low as 0 % interest are available to local businesses for the purpose of business improvement, expansion, equipment, inventory or facade repairs. Applications are excepted throughout the year and reviewed by our Economic Vitality Committee.
MAIN STREET IOWA CHALLENGE GRANT
The Challenge Grant is a competitive 1:1 matching grant for $25,000-$100,000 that can be used on facade improvements, upper floor interior rehabilitation, structural repairs/improvements, code compliance, first floor interior rehabilitation, energy efficiency/sustainability improvements, and permanent physical improvements to Main Street district properties. Awards are announced each winter. Contact Jessi at email@example.com if you are interested in this opportunity.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS GRANT
This grant opportunity is designed to encourage business expansion in Main Street districts. Eligible expenses are inventory, equipment, marketing, computers, software upgrades (etc). Business must provide a 25% match. Awards range from $8k-$28k and are selected each August. Contact Jessi at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this opportunity.
BUSINESS LAB : FREE STARTUP COACHING
Business Lab offers FREE startup coaching! This service is for entrepreneurs who have a business idea and are ready to take the next steps to get it started. Experienced coaches will work 1-on-1 with you to move you from concept to open for business.
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT COACHING
Business Lab offers FREE business
management coaching! This 1-on-1 coaching helps new and established ventures overcome common growth obstacles, develop effective strategies, identify new income opportunities, and stay focused on success.
QUARTERLY BUSINESS NETWORKING
We strive to gather our local business owners and community leaders to collaborate, network, share feedback and brainstorm once a quarter. Stay tuned for the next "Coffee & Collaboration".