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Warren County Economic Development Corp. presents the 2022:

Warren County

Small Business Grant Contest

Existing Business: $6,000 Grand Prize

Start-up Business: $5,000 Grand Prize

Entries accepted through midnight on Sunday, September 4th

Finalist presentations and grant event on Tuesday, September 27th

For full details, eligibility requirements, and where to apply, see below!


Contest Timeline:

  • September 4, 2022 - Application deadline - Midnight
  • September 9, 2022 - Three finalists in each grant category will be notified
  • September 27, 2022 - Grant finalist’s presentations judged to determine winners

Grants will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd finalists in two Categories:


$6,000 | $3,000 | $1,500

Existing Business Criteria:

  • Less than 10 full-time employees
  • Must have at least 2 full-time employees (can include the owner(s) and 2 part-time employees can equal 1 full-time equivalent)
  • While a physical commercial location is not required to apply, businesses that do have an existing commercial location will be scored higher. In order to receive points in this category, you will need to explain how you plan to have a physical location within the next twelve months.
  • Must be a for-profit business and be located in Warren County


$5,000 | $2,500 | $1,000

Start-up Business Criteria:

  • Businesses that opened within the past 12 months or plan to open in the next 12 months
  • Must plan to open a commercial location within two years
  • Must plan to have at least two full-time employees within three years (can include the owner(s))
  • Must plan to be a for-profit business and be located in Warren County

Applications will be scored based on overall economic impact of the proposed use of funds along with:

  • Business description and mission
  • Products and services
  • Market potential and competition
  • Marketing and sales
  • Operations and Management
  • Financials
  • How funds will be used and potential for business growth
  • Overall economic impact potential


  • Click the applicable button below to be directed to a fillable pdf application
  • Download and save the application to your computer labeled "Category - Business Name"

(example: Existing - AcmeCorp or Start-up - AcmeCorp)

  • Complete application and be sure to save
  • Submit application with any required documents to rgocken@wcedc.com by midnight on Sunday, September 4th, 2022


Contact Warren County Economic Development Corp.

111 N. Buxton Street - Indianola, IA 50125 | 515-961-1067 | rgocken@wcedc.com

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