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Farmers’ Market introduces Minority Owned Small Business Incubator Program


The Downtown Farmers’ Market is launching an incubator pilot program to support minority-owned businesses and startup businesses at two special incubator-themed booths. According to a news release, the program provides the new vendors an opportunity to sell their products alongside other market vendors. The program is designed to improve access and opportunities for economic growth for small, minority and historically disenfranchised businesses across the Des Moines region. “The Downtown Farmers’ Market Minority-Owned Small Business Incubator Program will connect new vendors to the Downtown Farmers’ Market and intentionally welcome small business owners with diverse backgrounds that may be interested in becoming full-time vendors in the future,” said Tiffany Tauscheck, chief operations officer at the Greater Des Moines Partnership and president of Downtown DSM Inc. “This collaboration will strengthen our opportunity to provide market patrons with resources from vendors they otherwise may not have known about, and gives local, minority-owned businesses an elevated platform to showcase their goods and services throughout the season.” The program will begin on May 28 and continue through the rest of the season, which concludes in October. One booth is sponsored by Principal Financial Group. The other is a partnership with Center @ Sixth and EMC Insurance Cos.

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