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Spark DSM Minority Business Incubator

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The Spark DSM Minority Business Incubator program supports underrepresented small and/or startup businesses at major events in Greater Des Moines (DSM) including the Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, World Food & Music Festival, Out to Lunch, DSM Book Festival and others. The Incubator’s goal is to improve access and economic growth for local small and minority-owned businesses across DSM.  

New this year, selected vendors that apply to the Downtown Farmers’ Market will get multiple dates at The Market ranging through the season. Vendors will also have access to year-round classes and supplemental education. 

To participate in the Spark DSM Program, a business must be owned, operated and actively managed by one or more persons who fall into one or more of the following categories: historically underrepresented and underserved groups including communities of color, woman, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans or LGBTQ+. Businesses must also sell locally grown/handmade items — no resale or wholesale options will be accepted.   

Applicants of the Spark DSM Incubator program must be new to the event they are applying to join, 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. 

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

Applications for upcoming Downtown events including the Downtown Farmers' Market and World Food & Music Festival are open through Sunday, May 7.

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