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Spark DSM Business Incubator 

The Downtown Farmers' Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines has announced the return of the Spark DSM Business Incubator to support small and/or startup businesses at The Market during the 2024 season. The program will continue its goal of improving access and economic growth for local small and 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.  

To participate in the Spark DSM Program, a business must be owned, operated and actively managed by one or more persons who sell locally grown/handmade items — no resale or wholesale options will be accepted.

Applicants of the Spark DSM Incubator must also be new to The Market and meet one of the following requirements:

  • Have been in business for two to four years.
  • Have between $40,000 – $90,000 in demonstrated annual sales.
  • Have participated in the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families small business bootcamp.

Interested in applying? Applications are now open for the 2024 season. You can apply here.  

The Spark DSM Business Incubator is sponsored by Principal and EMC Insurance. Other partners include Evelyn K. Davis Center, Center at Sixth and LadyLike. 

Interested parties can reach out to Elizabeth Weyers, Downtown Farmers’ Market Manager at eweyers@downtowndsmusa.com for more information about how to qualify. Interested vendors can also reach out to Sam Early at sdearly@dmacc.edu for more information about programming at the Evelyn K. Davis Center. 

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