A program launched nearly a year ago providing ‘seed’ money to Lake city entrepreneurs will soon be drawing to a close.
“The Seeding Start-Ups program is in its’ final stages and we are seeing 6 more pitches to our panel,” says Beth Veenkamp, economic development officer for the City of Williams Lake.
“We’re wrapping up the program as of the middle of March.”
Seeding Start-Ups Veenkamp believes has been a great success for the community and says that they have seen a number of storefront entrepreneurs take up some space downtown as well as funding some home-based businesses.
“In total, we will have funded over 25 businesses in the last year,” she says.
“Another great thing is that these participants were able to go through the Community Futures small business program classes. So that was really an essential part of them being able to put together a really solid business plan that they then felt confident bringing to our panel and pitching.”
Receiving one time contributions through Seeding Start-Ups this week were the owners of One Rehabilitation and Mist Me Tanning.