(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) August 8, 2018 – Partnership Gwinnett, in collaboration with The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC), announced the 2018 Amazing Entrepreneur Contest finalists in the established and pre-venture categories.

Contest finalists will move on to a final pitch about their business before the winners are announced during the Amazing Entrepreneur Contest Demo Day on September 13.

The following are finalists in their respective category:

Established Business Category

Pre-Venture Category

  • Hands Across Hands
  • Sweet Joy Ice Cream
  • Ground & Center

“Each day emerging entrepreneurs strive to grow their businesses in Gwinnett’s robust marketplace,” said Gwinnett County Commission Chair Charlotte Nash. “Providing support to these entrepreneurs is crucial to the success of our local economy and we are proud of the work that Partnership Gwinnett is doing to support them.”

This year’s Established Business Grand Prize winner will receive a $4,000 cash award, a scholarship to the Small Business Development Center Grow Smart program, a one-year Gwinnett Chamber membership ($500 minimum value), an invitation for two to the Partnership Gwinnett Summit, market research assistance from Partnership Gwinnett’s research department and numerous local and regional marketing opportunities.

The winner of the Pre-Venture category will receive an invitation for two to the Partnership Gwinnett Summit, one pass to the Gwinnett Chamber’s Small Business Summit and various promotional opportunities.

Since 2010, the partnership between the University of Georgia’s SBDC and Partnership Gwinnett has been critical to the success of the Amazing Entrepreneur Contest.

“The SBDC’s GrowSmart program aims to equip businesses with the tools and strategies needed to maximize their goals,” said Antonio Barrios, Director of the UGA SBDC. “Our collaboration with Partnership Gwinnett allows entrepreneurs to get the support they need to build a foundation that sustains their growth in our rapidly changing market.”

“The Amazing Entrepreneur Contest seeks to encourage, and support established and pre-venture businesses in Gwinnett,” said Partnership Gwinnett’s Director of Entrepreneurship Li Wong. “In the eight years of having this program, we’ve seen small businesses emerge in the competition and go on to lead in Gwinnett’s competitive marketplace; I am sure this year will be no different.”

For more information on the Amazing Entrepreneur Contest, please visit www.amazingentrepreneurcontest.com

For more information on Partnership Gwinnett’s small business and entrepreneurial efforts, please visit www.gwinnettentrepreneur.com

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About Partnership Gwinnett
Partnership Gwinnett is a public-private initiative dedicated to bringing new jobs and capital investment to Gwinnett County, Georgia. Since 2006, Partnership Gwinnett has worked with its local partners to attract and retain jobs, cultivate capital investment, support educational institutions, foster workforce development and contribute to the exceptional quality of life found in Gwinnett. Fueled by the support of over one hundred companies, municipalities, Gwinnett County, K-12 and higher education systems, the mission of Partnership Gwinnett is to strengthen the community’s diverse economy to compete in the global marketplace and position Gwinnett as the premiere place to live, work and play.

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