Economic Development

Low and Moderate Income Owned Business Assistance Grant

The City of Dubuque has established the $3,000 Low and Moderate Income Owned Business Assistance Grant to assist low and moderate income owned businesses. In order to qualify, applicants must live in a household at or below 80% area median income. 

Check income qualifications here

Businesses must have conducted business for at least 6 months and have filed 2021 taxes.

Small Business Grant Recipients

Applications will be reviewed for eligibility in the order of submission.  Previous grant recipients are not eligible for award.  

Seven (7) grants will be awarded in 2nd Quarter 2022, with another seven (7) grants awarded in 3rd Quarter 2022.

The goal of the grant program is to not just cover current expenses with grant funds, but also to develop strategies for continued success.  The City is partnering with the Fountain of Youth Program to administer the grant. Grant recipients will be matched with a business mentor and will be required to participate in an eight-week personal and professional development program facilitated by the Fountain of Youth. These qualifying requirements are meant to provide ongoing support to the business owner in their efforts to improve business practices and increase income. 

Additional details and FAQs  

Eligible Expenses

Contact Economic Development Director Jill Connors with questions.

Conducting Business with the Economic Development Department

In the interest of public health and controlling the spread of COVID-19, the City of Dubuque Economic Development Department is conducting limited business in-person.

For your convenience, there are still a number of ways to do business with Economic Development during this time:

If you are a small business experiencing economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, please work with our partners at the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation to learn about state and federal assistance.

Who We Are

The City of Dubuque's Economic Development Department strives to create and develop a viable, livable, and equitable community.

Dubuque is open for business...your business! We will accompany your development endeavor whether you are seeking to start a new business, relocate to Dubuque, or expand an existing business in Dubuque.

At the tri-state intersection of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin, Dubuque connects your business to extensive geographical and talent resource pools. We pride our department on sustainable practices and public-private partnerships where the City works hand-in-hand with private enterprises, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions to create a community where your business and employees thrive.

What We Offer

The City of Dubuque's Economic Development Department employs a collaborative model to help your business maximize its resources. The strategies we use to benefit your business include:

  • Incentive programs including local loans, grants, and tax-rebate opportunities which can be combined with state and federal programs to complete a financial package for your business.
  • Community partnership between public and private businesses and organizations aimed at creating mutually beneficial economic development.
  • Investment in the arts to foster economic prosperity through inspiration, education, engagement, and improvement in the quality of life.

Where We Are Going

Dubuque's City Council develops annual and long-term priorities, which are then used to develop our budget and focus. We welcome you to discover how the following development priorities can help your business succeed in Dubuque.

Explore City Council Goals & Priorities

Contact Us

  1. Jill Connors  |  email
    Economic Development Director
    Phone: 563.564.5686

    Staff Directory

    City Hall Annex
    1300 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001

    Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Currently conducting in-person business by appointment only.