Hancock County Economic Development (HCED) announced two winners of its business plan grant program during a special presentation on Friday, March 1 at the Hancock County Courthouse. The winners were WCAZ AM and FM of Carthage and Sutter Produce Company of Sutter. Each recipient was awarded $10,000. WCAZ AM FM was created after the former Carthage radio station closed operations in December 2017. Mike Seaver, president of Hancock County Broadcasting, LLC, the owners of WCAZ AM and FM, thanked all those who have helped to ensure that a radio station remained in the county. Sutter Produce Company currently grows and sells a variety of farm-fresh produce, and owner Julie Knocke said they are looking forward to expanding their operation.
“It’s innovative and entrepreneurial businesses like these that are key to our future,” said HCED president Matthew Kraus. HCED Executive Director, Terry Pope, stated that he was happy to see the program in action and thanked HCED’s investors who make everything the group does possible.
In October 2018, Hancock County Economic Development’s Business Plan Grant Program was announced to foster business development in Hancock County, Illinois, through new business initiatives as well as business expansions. A maximum of $10,000 per candidate was designated for one or more selected businesses in Hancock County, Illinois, that met the specified application criteria and provided adequate documentation to support the grant request.
Hancock County Economic Development is a non-profit organization with the goal of enhancing the economic vitality of Hancock County, Illinois. It is funded by memberships of individuals, businesses and local governments who aim to improve the quality of life in the area that they love.
For more information about Hancock County Economic Development, contact Terry Pope at (217) 440-8909 or [email protected].