Wisconsin State Journal: MarketReady program offers aid to potential vendors of Public Market


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May 17, 2017. The opening of the Madison Public Market is still more than two years away, but a program to encourage entrepreneurial minorities, veterans, low-income residents and LGBTQ people to be part of the market has been launched by the city. 

Thirty people will be accepted into the MarketReady program that offers consulting services, referrals to financing, mentoring opportunities with other small business owners and micro-financing. Fifteen of the 30 members will also receive $3,500 grants to help with training and small start-up costs. At the end of the two-year program, five of those 15 will be awarded $14,000 toward building out their space at the market, planned for the corner of East Washington Avenue and First Street.

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“The Public Market Foundation is dedicated to engaging neighbors and the community about creating the Market as a truly inclusive and captivating destination. I’m pleased that 2,000 people have been inspired to share their ideas and opinions on the Market. As the project moves forward, continued feedback will only make the Market a great success!” - - Larry Palm, City of Madison Alder District 12

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