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2nd business approved for  Spencer Business Kickstarter funding
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2nd business approved for Spencer Business Kickstarter funding

A coffee shop coming to town will be the second recipient of Spencer Business Kickstarter Program funds. Spencer Main Street Director Nancy Naeve said DejaBrew, which plans to open next month at 24 West Park Street, will receive just over $4,400 in part forgivable loan, part revolving loan funding. The kickstarter program was announced in...

Retail Kickstarter Program draws interest
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Retail Kickstarter Program draws interest

Just two weeks after launching, Spencer’s new Retail Kickstarter Program is already generating interest. Through the program, Spencer businesses that fill retail gaps, diversify the economy or fill jobs can apply to receive forgivable loans up to $25,000 and separate zero percent interest loans up to $25,000. The program is a partnership between the City...

City Council passes second filing of murals amendment despite opposition
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City Council passes second filing of murals amendment despite opposition

Despite hearing from multiple downtown business owners and representatives of stakeholder organizations, the Spencer City Council on Monday passed a second filing of an ordinance that would allow murals. The ordinance amends city code to allow murals to be placed on the side or back outside wall of a commercial building, but not on the...

Chamber, main street directors would be city employees under idea being researched
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Chamber, main street directors would be city employees under idea being researched

Executive directors of Spencer Main Street and the Spencer Chamber of Commerce would become city employees so they could access city benefits under an idea that’s still being discussed and researched. At a city finance and personnel committee meeting Monday night, representatives from both organizations said the health and retirement benefits available to city employees...

Downtown Crazy Days underway
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Downtown Crazy Days underway

Some bargain hunters and browsers wasted no time in looking for deals downtown Thursday morning as Crazy Days began. Spencer Main Street Director Nancy Naeve said she expects 23 to 25 stores and service providers to have sales and discounts for shoppers during the downtown area’s annual sale event. “Even some of the places that...

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