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What is the Madison Public Market?

The Madison Public Market is a project of the City of Madison that will open in 2019 along First Street near the intersections of East Washington Ave and Johnson Street. The Market will offer a mix of food, retail, wholesaling and processing, arts/crafts vending, community users and events in a culturally diverse and dynamic space.

I applied for MarketReady. What’s next?

Great! You should have received an email from us with details about the application evaluation process over the next two months. Didn’t hear from us? Please contact us to confirm that we have the correct email address and phone number for you.

We’ll be meeting one-on-one with all applicants the first three weeks of July. If MarketReady isn’t the right fit for your plans, we’ll direct you to other resources that can help you turn your entrepreneurial dream into a reality.

If it sounds like MarketReady is a good match for your business, you’ll have an opportunity to record a 3-minute business pitch. An advisory board of community leaders and business owners will evaluate the business pitches and application forms to select the program’s 30 participants.

MarketReady participants will be announced in early September.

I missed the application deadline but I’m interested in the program.

MarketReady applications received after July 1, 2017 will be put on a waitlist. If space opens up in the program, we’ll be in touch.

If you aren’t accepted into MarketReady, you still have an opportunity to vend in the Madison Public Market. Learn more.

I don’t speak English. Can I participate?

Yes! MarketReady provides translation and interpretation services as needed to participate in the program. Please indicate your preferred language in your application. If you have questions about language services or would like to request translation or interpretation services, please leave a message at (608) 204-7029 with your name, contact information and specific request and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 

Is any formal business training required to participate?

No formal or informal training or experience is required.

I have another job. How much time will the program require?

The program spans two years and includes monthly mentorship meetings, referrals to classes that may be one-time workshops or ongoing meetings and other learning opportunities. We will work with you to design a schedule that accommodates your needs.

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