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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 2021 at the intersection of First Street and East 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?

The first cohort of MarketReady participants will finish in Spring 2020. We hope to be able to offer services to another group of entrepreneurs after that. We will add you to our list and be in touch.

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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