Open 4 Business Competition Returns to Uptown Marion

Marion, IA – Uptown Marion is pleased to announce the return of the Open 4 Business Competition. The Open 4 Business Competition was developed by Main Street Iowa and the Iowa Economic Development Authority, in partnership with Main Street communities across the state, to help provide local financial and technical support for business retention, expansion, and recruitment efforts in Iowa’s Main Street Districts.  The Open 4 Business competition is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to receive up to $29,000 in seed financing and support to start or grow their business in Uptown Marion. The 2016 local winner was Synergy Metalworks and the 2015 local winner, Giving Tree Theater, took home a total of $10,500 in prizes.


“This is an awesome opportunity for business owners and entrepreneurs to get funding to start, expand, or test out a business idea in the Uptown District. Previous winners have seen great outcomes to this program that we are excited to be able to offer again this year,” stated Brooke Prouty, director of Uptown Marion Main Street.


Applications for Uptown Marion’s local pitch competition are due on Sunday, April 23, 2017, with the first round of pitches to take place Friday, May 5, 2017. Entrants at the local level will have the chance to win a $1,000 prize and a spot to compete in the Regional Open 4 Business Competition in June for a chance at an $8,000 prize. A statewide competition will be held in Sioux City in August where one winner will receive an additional $20,000.


For more information and to apply online, visit



About Uptown Marion

Uptown Marion is a Nationally Accredited Main Street Iowa Program with the mission to drive continued revitalization, growth, and preservation of historic character through appropriate design, promotion, and economic strategies that improve our community.

UpTown Marion

UpTown Marion

Brooke Prouty, Director

Uptown Marion – A Main Street Iowa District

Phone: (319) 743-4726 | Fax: (319) 377-1576


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