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Incubator Program

Downtown Farmers' Market Minority-Owned Small Business Incubator Program

The Downtown Farmers' Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines has an incubator pilot program to support minority-owned small businesses. The program will host minority-owned businesses and approved startups businesses at two special incubator-themed booths, providing new vendors an opportunity to sell their products alongside other Market vendors. One booth is brought to the community by Principal Financial Group® and another is in partnership with Center at Sixth and the Evelyn K. Davis Center and brought to the community by EMC Insurance Companies.

This pilot program aims to improve access and economic growth for local small, minority and historically disenfranchised businesses across Greater Des Moines (DSM). The Market welcomes an average of 25,000 visitors each Saturday, providing program participants with a higher level of visibility.

Interested parties must abide by the qualifications to be eligible for the program. The program schedule will be filled, upon application approval, on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, contact Megan Renkel, Downtown Farmers' Market Manager.

Incubator Program Details

Principal Financial Group® - 2022 Applications Now Closed

Qualifications for the booth brought to the community by Principal Financial Group®:

  • Must be a minority-owned business or operated and actively managed by one or more persons who fall into one or more of the following categories: minority group, woman, persons with disabilities, disabled veteran or LGBTQ+.
  • Meet Market minimum qualifications: Iowa grower/producer, locally handmade/handcrafted and no resale/wholesale products.
  • Qualifying businesses will be selected to participate on a first come, first served basis.
  • Business must be new to the Downtown Farmers' Market.

EMC Insurance Companies

Qualifications for the Center at Sixth/Evelyn K. Davis Center booth brought to the community by EMC Insurance Companies:

  • Be a current member of the Center at Sixth* collective.
  • Meet Downtown Farmers' Market minimum qualifications: Iowa grower/producer, locally handmade/handcrafted and no resale/wholesale products.
  • Interested parties must abide by Market and Center at Sixth first served basis.

*Center at Sixth is a collective of Black and Brown-owned businesses in the 6th Avenue Corridor Urban Neighborhood Main Street District. The name was derived from the historic Center Street, a site that was previously a predominately Black-owned business district between 10th and 14th Streets in DSM. Center at Sixth is collaborating with Evelyn K. Davis Center to identify and recruit prospective vendors.

2023 Interested Vendors

 

LadyLike

LadyLike is an initiative to inspire and empower Black and African women in DSM. LadyLike uses various facets to connect with women in efforts to fuel their desired commitment to the community while elevating local Black Women talent and addressing the racial wealth gap through training, mentoring and entrepreneurial support. The organization will host several different Black Women-owned businesses at their booth at designated dates throughout the Market season.

For more information about the LadyLike program, please contact Jerrica Marshall, Downtown Placemaking Manager.