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2023 Upstart Cocoa Small Business Program Application

  1. APPLICANT INFORMATION

  2. Eligible Business*

    The following are the eligibility requirements for the UpStart Cocoa program:

    check markMinority-Owned Business means any small business which is organized to engage in commercial transactions and which is at least 51% owned by minority persons. Persons of minority include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and American women. 
    check markNew minority-owned start-up businesses (2 years or less) and any minority-owned business looking to relocate into the City of Cocoa with 10 employees or less. 
    check markAll applicants must be willing to participate in and complete the 24-week business education and mentorship program offered through weVENTURE.
    check markAny eating and drinking establishments may be eligible for funding as long as the business derives at least 51% of its gross revenue from the sale of food and/or non-alcoholic drink for consumption on the premises, whether or not the food is cooked on the premises. This may include restaurants, mobile vending, and refreshment stands selling prepared foods for immediate consumption. All applicants who will utilize a mobile vending model will need to commit to required hours/percentage of sales/other in the City of Cocoa area.
    check markThe types of businesses that are not eligible for funding under this Program include: social service providers, non-profit agencies, gun shops, agricultural services, liquor stores, medical marijuana and CBD shops, shops that sell drug paraphernalia, pawn shops, bailbond services, tattoo/body piercing parlors, check cashing facilities, adult entertainment facilities, thrift shops, nightclubs and bars, and any business or service deemed illegal.  
    check markThe applicant shall not be eligible for the Upstart Cocoa Program if he/she has received Upstart Cocoa Funding, or other business assistance funding from the CRA or the City of Cocoa within the last three (3) years from the date of the current submittal, except for façade improvement programs.  
    check markFor startup businesses, the minority entrepreneur is required to invest at least 10% of startup costs from non-UpStart Cocoa Program related funding sources. 
  3. I have read, and agree with the Polices, procedures and conditions linked below*

    This document must be read, and agreed to in its entirety, prior to submitting the application. 

    Policies, Procedures and Conditions

  4. BUSINESS INFORMATION

  5. More about the weVENTURE program. By signing this application below, you also agree to fully complete the entire 24-week weVENTURE business education and mentorship program in order to complete the UpStart program. If you do not complete the program, you may be required to reimburse the City of Cocoa the cost of the program.

  6. ADDITIONAL ATTACHMENTS REQUIRED

  7. Financial statements will be requested separately for applicants that are selected to move on to the Review portion of the process.

  8. BUSINESS REFERENCES

    Must list three Professional References

  9. OTHER

  10. DISCLAIMER AND SIGNATURE

  11. By typing my name in this form, I affirm the accuracy of information provided on this application. I understand that this constitutes a legal signature and confirms that I agree to the above terms.

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