Open 4 Business
2021 Open 4 Business Competition
With Main Street Iowa and the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Downtown Partners presents the Open 4 Business competition for a for-profit business located in the Main Street district. Each of the state’s Main Street organizations can nominate one business.
If you have been in business since March 31, 2020 and are either currently or planning to be located in downtown Burlington, you qualify! Be sure to read through the rules, guidelines, and scoring criteria below, then complete the application and upload your 5-minute video pitch to LINK.
- Open 4 Business Application
- Contest Rules
- Contest Guidelines
- Judges Scoring Criteria
- Video Hints & Tips
The complete application and accompanying video must be submitted by March 1. Downtown Partners will choose a contestant for the May 26 semifinal judging to compete for a chance at $8000. The five finalists will then present their ideas in a statewide contest at the Iowa Downtown Conference on August 2 in Iowa City for up to an additional $20,000 in funding.