A more than $65,000 Diverse Business Assistance grant is launching an effort to create a business incubator to help build and grow more diverse businesses in Crawford County, Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes announced Monday morning in front of the Crawford County Administrative Offices Building.

“The Diverse Business Assistance grants were created to bring opportunities to individuals and communities that may not have had access to capital and business development resources in the past including people of color, women and rural residents,” Hughes said. “Under Governor Evers’ leadership, Wisconsin’s smaller communities, including Prairie du Chien, have had great success improving and inspiring new businesses through the Main Street Bounceback grant program, which provides $10,000 to businesses and nonprofits that locate in a formerly empty commercial space. The Diverse Business Assistance grants take this to a new level by working to create a new generation of entrepreneurs that can include everyone.”

[Adapted from: Driftless Development gets Diverse Business Assistance grant August 31, 2022 Guttenberg Press]