Crowd sourcing boosts grand prize to $5,000 cash award
(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) November 20, 2013 – Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett, in collaboration with The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC), has launched its fourth annual Amazing Entrepreneur Contest. The competition, which recognizes the best business plan summary in two categories – Established Business and Pre-Venture – will award $5,000 cash and more than $7,000 in prizes to a Gwinnett County startup.
“Many Gwinnett companies and business leaders contributed to supporting this year’s Amazing Entrepreneur winner via our crowd sourcing effort. We are excited to be able to give deserving entrepreneurs additional cash to continue to grow their businesses in the County,” stated Mark Farmer, Director of Entrepreneurship & Information Services for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett.
In addition to the $5,000 cash award, the Grand Prize winner will also receive consultation with Arnall Golden Gregory ($3,000 value), a trip to Sage Summit’s customer conference ($2,500+ value), a one-year Gwinnett Chamber membership ($500 minimum value), passes to attend four sessions in the Chamber’s Gwinnett Business Institute program ($180 value), and a scholarship to the SBDC Grow Smart program ($985 value), among other prizes.
“In the early stages, it is essential for entrepreneurs to have access to resources that will assist, promote, and build their business,” stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “The Amazing Entrepreneur Contest provides this support to startups and encourages small business development throughout our community.”
The University of Georgia SBDC has partnered with Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett to host this contest since its inception in 2010. “We are honored to continue this partnership by offering this awards program in Gwinnett. The Amazing Entrepreneur Contest is an important means of recognizing, aiding, and celebrating the County’s small business community and its growth,” said Robert Andoh, Area Director at The University of Georgia SBDC.
The winner of the Pre-Venture category will receive a scholarship to the SBDC Start Smart program ($495 value) and accounting services from John Dillard, CPA ($300 value). All contestants receive a free Business Plan class at the SBDC.
The Amazing Entrepreneur Contest is presented by Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (Jackson EMC) and The Myers Group, with additional contributions by LAN Systems and Sage Software.
“We realize small businesses are a fundamental contributor to a community’s economic vitality and strength. Because of this, we are proud to support the Amazing Entrepreneur Contest for the third year in a row,” commented Randy Dellinger, Gwinnett District Manager for Jackson EMC.
The contest’s Established Business category is open to startups and companies with a current business license that have been in operation for up to 36 months. The Pre-Venture category is open to businesses not yet in operation.
Applications will be accepted beginning tomorrow, November 15, through February 14, 2014. Winners will be announced April 25, 2014, during the Gwinnett Chamber’s Pinnacle Small Business Awards.
Applicants will be judged based on the business plan summary. Full contest rules and details are available on the Amazing Entrepreneur Contest website.
For more information on the Amazing Entrepreneur Contest, please visit www.amazingentrepreneurcontest.com.
For more information on Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development’s small business and entrepreneurial efforts, please visit www.gwinnettentrepreneur.com. To receive updates and reminders on Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development’s small business and entrepreneurial efforts, click here.