Czech Village-New Bohemia Main Street District
2017 Open 4 Business Application
Sponsored by Guaranty Bank & Trust and Robert Becker

We encourage you to reveiw the online resources (contest rules, budget template, judges scoring criteria) prior to starting your application.

Prior to the local pitch event, contestants will be encouraged to attend a pitch workshop hosted by the Small Business Development Center on either: Friday April 7, 12pm or Tuesday April 11, 5:30pm at the Geonetric Building (415 12th Ave SE) RSVP to Scott Swenson: Scott.Swenson@kirkwood.edu

Applications due April 12. Additional materials available at: http://crmainstreet.org/open-4-business/
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Name of business

 
Business Contact (first,last name)

 
Title (owner, manager, etc.)

 
Business Address (must be within the designated Czech Village-New Bohemia Main Street District)

 
Phone Number

 
Type of business (retail, service, restaurant, etc.)

 
Number of years in business

 
Hours of Operation

 
Please explain/describe your business. What products or services do you offer? Why are you in business?

 
Describe your customer

 
Describe your trade area. Where do your customers come from?

 
Will you, the owner, manage the business?

     
 
If no, what will your role be?

 
Where do you see your business in 5 years?

 
How would you use the $8,000 Open 4 Business sub-state funds if awarded? How will the funds help you achieve your goals?

 
How would you use the $20,000 Open 4 Business state funds if awarded? How will the funds help you achieve your goals?

 
What is your personal cash match in the business? What is your "skin in the game"? (Please complete budget form in download materials)

 
If you do not win this competition, how will you proceed?

 
How does/will your business benefit the local Czech Village-New Bohemia Main Street District?

 
How are you and/or your business involved in the community?

 
Current number of employees

 
Full time?

 
Part time?

 
Will this project add additional employees?

 
Yes or No

     
 
If yes, how many?

 
Will you offer benefits?

 
Yes or No?

     
 
If yes, what type of benefits?

 
Who is your competition?

 
What is your competitive advantage? What sets your business apart from others in your market/trade area?

 
Does your business have a marketing/promotional plan? Please explain sources that you used, frequency, and expected results.

 
What are some potential new markets/promotions you have identified?

 
What is your annual budget for marketing/promotion?

 
Do you use social media? Please explain.

 
Required budget form may be sent via email to crmainstreet@gmail.com (available in download materials at http://crmainstreet.org/open-4-business)

 
Thank you for your participation in the 2017 Open 4 Business competition. Selected applicants will be notified via email, once the application period has closed, regarding pitch times on April 20th. Please note pitches will be limited to six applicants. 

Participation in a business pitch workshop hosted by the Small Business Development Center is highly encouraged. Pitch workshops will be held Friday April 7th, 12pm or Tuesday April 11th, 5:30pm at the Geonetric Building (415 12th Ave SE) Please RSVP with Scott Swenson: Scott.Swenson@kirkwood.edu

-Czech Village-New Bohemia Main Street District

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