Waupun Business Earns Ignite! Grant

(Waupun) A second Waupun-based business was awarded a grant from a resource network program located in neighboring Fond du Lac County. Rock River Eyewear, formerly known as Jan’s Optical, LLC, was in need of assistance when they lost their optometrist who moved out of state. City Administrator Kathy Schlieve says Rock River Eyewear was forced to decide if it should recruit a new optometrist to a town that already has two other offices offering such work or change its business model and become an eyewear retail and repair store. She says after participating in a Model Canvas training course the Rock River Eyewear gained access to the tools and resources needed to help transition into a new business. Schlieve says Rock River Eyewear was then able to meet the requirements for the IGNITE! grant. The City of Waupun partnered with IGNITE! Business Resource Network to further extend the city’s business and economic development offerings to Waupun-area businesses.

Photo courtesy of: www.rockrivereyewear.com