Jump-Start Accelerator Grant


About the Program

Pocahontas County Economic Development Commission (PCEDC) has launched the Jump-Start Accelerator Grant Program to assist new businesses in gaining capital to open their doors and thrive within Pocahontas County. In an effort to expand the county’s outstanding business community and add job opportunities within the county, PCEDC is offering up to $10,000 to at least one startup or business expansion project per year. In addition, applicants may have the opportunity to apply for no or low interest loans in support of their project. If you have a good idea for a business, the background to make it happen, and the passion to follow through with it, PCEDC is eager to help.

PCEDC will provide support as needed through their network of partners, including the opportunity to participate in business training through Iowa Central Community College and the Small Business Development Center to ensure that the grant recipients have the skills and training necessary to be successful.

“This grant program will foster valuable business partnerships within Pocahontas County and throughout Iowa,” says Tom Grau, Executive Director for Economic Development. “We will match the grant recipients up with existing business professionals to serve as mentors as they work to open their doors.”

New startups, businesses relocating to Pocahontas County, and businesses wanting to expand within the county are invited to apply. All businesses must be located or will plan to locate within Pocahontas County, Iowa. All applicants will be required to fill out the complete application and submit a business plan and resume. Applications are due on October 15, 2021.

“The Jump-Start Accelerator Grant supports PCEDC’s mission to increase economic opportunity through business formation, job creation and appropriate business and community development strategies for the citizens of Pocahontas County,” says Emily Williams, Workforce Marketing Coordinator. “This program will increase the vibrancy of the county’s nine communities and grow our business opportunities by supporting entrepreneurs and their creative and innovative ideas. In addition, this program has the potential to stabilize and expand the county’s population by providing more jobs.”

Potential applicants should review the grant guidelines and application before applying. Contact Emily Williams or Tom Grau at 712-335-4636 or email office@growpoco.com with questions.

Jump-Start Accelerator Grant Recipients

2020 Recipient

  • Aspen Leaf Cafe & Coffee House- Pocahontas

2021 Recipients

  • Eva's Berries- Fonda
  • Powhatan Travel Service- Pocahontas

2022 Recipients

  • MedSpa Express- Pocahontas
  • Creator's- Pocahontas
  • Tavern 119- Fonda

Our mission is to increase economic opportunity through business formation, job creation and appropriate business and community development strategies for the citizens of Pocahontas County.

The purpose of PCEDC is to promote and encourage economic development; to encourage unity and cooperation within the County; and to improve a higher quality of life in cities, rural areas, and neighborhoods. PCEDC strives to enhance, develop, fund, and implement programs to encourage and support the quality of life in Pocahontas County through cooperative economic development efforts.

PCEDC Board & Staff

Tom Grau

Executive Director

Emily Williams

Workforce Marketing Coordinator

Curt Sindergard

Rolfe Representative

John Pohlman

PCEDC Vice Chair
Laurens Representative

Angela Duitsman

PCEDC Treasurer
Fonda Alternate

LaVonne Hoover

PCEDC Secretary
Gilmore City Representative

Brent Aden

Board of Supervisors Alternate

James Roetman

Pocahontas Representative

Jessica Feilmeier

Rolfe Alternate

Lars Hersom

Business Representative

Jeff Ives

Board of Supervisors Representative

Hanna Kies

Fonda Alternate

Joan DeWall

Pocahontas Alternate

Russ Naeve

Gilmore City Alternate

Hilary Reed

Laurens Alternate

Michelle Wells

Business Alternate


11 W Elm Avenue
P.O. Box 212
Pocahontas, IA 50574