Jump Start Application


“Jump-Start Downtown” is a business plan competition for people 18 years of age or older who are interested in starting or relocating a business to downtown Elizabeth City before November 17, 2017. Any type of business is eligible, from hi-tech office services to gift shops. Businesses entered cannot be already located downtown at the time of entry into the competition.


  • Proposed business location must be within the boundaries of downtown Elizabeth City and must occupy a street-level, street-facing storefront.
  • If a business is located in Pasquotank County, proposed downtown location must be an expansion.
  • Business must open prior to November 17, 2017

Application Deadline: January 27, 2017


You can submit your application two ways.

1) You may submit a hard copy of your application and business plan to our address:

Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc.
106 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909


2) You may fill out the online application below:

Fill out my online form.