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New business incubator to move into Main Street building

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Another small business incubator is about to be launched in La Crosse — this one downtown on Main Street. 

Couleecap Inc., and the La Crosse Community Foundation joined forces to develop the incubator in a storefront at 320 Main Street, focusing on businesses owned by people of color, women, veterans and others.

“Its focus is really to help individuals who are coming from historically under-represented communities, women, people of color, veterans,” Jamie Schloegel, chief executive officer at the La Crosse Community Foundation, said

Schloegel added that these people and groups are ones that haven’t traditionally been able to get the money to start businesses.

The program is funded in part by a three-year, $90,000 grant from the La Crosse Community Foundation and is expected to open late next month.

Eight to 10 small companies will be given space in the building, and pop-up events will be planned there, as well. 

Couleecap will have a public contest to choose from five proposed logos and names for the incubator.

The incubator will be aimed at helping groups that may have had trouble starting companies in the past. 

More info can be found clicking here.

baNames suggested for the new business incubator

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