Envision Williamston reopens Main Street Challenge

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Offering grant to open new business
Envision Williamston is now accepting applications for the Main Street Challenge grant program for a new or prospective business opportunity in Williamston.
The Main Street Challenge is an entrepreneurial start-up competition for the purpose of generating additional retail occupancy in Williamston. It includes an incentive package up to $10,000 to each of two winning entrepreneurs who are selected to open their new business in Williamston.
Applications will be accepted through January 31 and the winner will be announced in February. The grant is being offered by the Town of Williamston, through its economic development partner, Envision Williamston, and in partnership with Innovate Anderson. The Small Business Development Center based at Clemson University is providing hands on assistance to semi-finalists.
The Main Street Challenge program awarded two grants earlier this year, but one was unable to meet the required conditions and/or timelines for opening a new business. Phoenix: Born Again Retail, a gift, consignment and resale shop was one of the winners and is now open in the West Main Shopping Center.
If you or someone you know has an idea for a new business or already has a business in the Upstate but would like to expand by opening a second location, Envision Williamston Executive Director Tony Brown encourages you to consider Williamston as an option and do it with help from the Main Street Challenge.
For more information on the Main Street Challenge Grant Program, go to the Envision Williamston website at www.envisionwilliamston.com and click on the Main Street Challenge or contact Tony Brown, Executive Director, Envision Williamston by email at tony.brown.ew@gmail.com or call 864-847-7473.