Boomerang’s one step closer to $5,000 Dream Big Grow Here grant
Winning project will be eligible for additional $10,000 EntreFest grant
Dana Simbro’s dream for a family entertainment center in Newton took another big step forward this week. Boomerang’s was the “wild card” selection for a $5,000 grant from The Innovation Gateway and the University of Northern Iowa.
“My dream is to open a new business that will include inflatables, bumper cars, laser tag, laser maze, and an arcade,” she said in her pitch for the grant program. “The business would have a party room (one of only a few in the area) to accommodate our community.”
Simbro said there is not another entertainment business similar to Boomerang’s within 50 miles. She projects it will bring customers to Newton and keep them in town, perhaps generating more spending for the local economy.
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