Grants available for new central city businesses

Freeman Staff

March 11, 2017

WAUKESHA — New businesses to Waukesha’s central city are eligible to receive small business grants.

Businesses moving to the central city area qualify for a matching grant to offset relocation or start-up costs. Participants will be featured at a networking event for central city businesses and will be eligible for free parking for one year in city parking ramps.

Eligible costs for the grants include:

Technology costs up to $2,500: website set-up; computer and network set-up;

Marketing costs up to $2,000: Logo development, brochure and printed materials design work. In order to be eligible, each grant recipient must meet the following requirements:

Complete two or more business classes provided by Waukesha County Technical College, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation, or SCORE. The cost of the classes are reimbursable through the grant up to $150.

Include the Waukesha brand on all marketing materials, website, advertising and in storefront windows.

Nonprofit organizations do not qualify for grant funding.

Existing businesses located in the central city area also qualify for a matching grant to offset specific business expenses. Participants are eligible for free parking for one year in city parking ramps.

Businesses may not receive grant funding in two consecutive calendar years.
 

Eligible costs include:

Technology costs up to $2,000: website set-up; computer and network set-up;

Marketing costs up to $2,500: Print, digital or radio advertising; brochure and printed materials design work.

Requirements include:

Business must be located in Waukesha’s central city for the preceding 24 months;

Recipients must complete two or more business classes provided by Waukesha County Technical College, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation, or SCORE. The cost of the classes are reimbursable through the grant up to $150.

Include the Waukesha brand on all marketing materials.

Nonprofit organizations do not qualify for grant funding.