MarketReady is an initiative sponsored by the City of Madison and administered by the Northside Planning Council as part of the Madison Public Market. MarketReady is focused on providing training, supportive services and micro-grants for entrepreneurs interested in becoming Madison Public Market vendors.
Guided by the mission of the Public Market, priority is given to applicants that belong to populations facing historic barriers to entrepreneurship, including low income populations, people of color, immigrants, women, displaced workers, veterans and LGBTQ individuals. Although MarketReady’s focus is supporting potential public market vendors, the program may also provide a springboard to other opportunities.
SERVICES OFFERED BY THE MARKETREADY PROGRAM
--One-on-one business consulting services
--Invitations to peer networking events
--Referrals to other educational and financial services
--Monthly mentorship meetings with a business coach
--Additional technical assistance
--Access to micro-grants
Ian Aley is the coordinator of the Madison Public Market’s MarketReady Program through the Northside Planning Council. He is an urban and regional planner interested in community economic development. Ian’s work focuses on capacity building, food systems, and culturally diverse communities. He grows fruit at the Farley Center farm business incubator in Verona, WI.
Registration deadline is noon on Tuesday, May 15, and you can view details and register on our website at www.smba-madison.org.