CDG Awards 9 BIG Grants to businesses

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) has announced the winners of its 2017 BIG (Business Improvement Grants).

The program was created to improve the appearance of the business area and complement the historic architectural and cultural character of the community. These grants are open to private for-profit and non-profit businesses and organizations.

This year, a record 16 local businesses requested grants for projects totaling more than $25,000 in building improvements. Unfortunately the grant committee only had $10,000 total to hand out.

The following 10 businesses will be utilizing the grants for signage and building improvements:

Ben & Flo’s

First Street Community Center

Iron Leaf Press

Kae Apothecary

Kluver Chiropractic

Mount Vernon Confections

Palisades Café and Silver Spider (joint application)

The Perfect Blend Shortbread Co.

Vintage 1891



Questions regarding this program should be directed to Joe Jennison at (319) 210-9935 or