Competition boasts two entry categories and streamlined submission
(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) November 29, 2012- Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development, in partnership with The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, announced the launch of the third annual Amazing Entrepreneur Contest. Designed to cultivate new business development in Gwinnett County, contestants enter a business plan summary for the opportunity to win cash and prizes.
“We are excited to launch the Amazing Entrepreneur Contest for the third year and have simplified the application process to make entry easier,” stated Mark Farmer, Director for Entrepreneurship & Information Services for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “In addition, the contest now recognizes two distinct categories: one for businesses up to three years old and one for companies not yet launched, but with a viable business plan.”
For its third year, contest entry was simplified to the requirement of a business plan summary, rather than a traditional, full-length business plan. Additionally, the contest now offers two categories: an Established Business category for small businesses less than 36 months old and with a current business license and a Pre-Venture category for businesses not yet in operation.
“The Amazing Entrepreneur Contest recognizes the importance of new businesses as innovators and job creators,” stated Aaron Aycock, Founder and CEO of CubeVibe. “As the 2012 winner, CubeVibe has benefitted by gaining access to the relationships, opportunities, and resources necessary to succeed as a technology startup.”
The Grand Prize winner of the Established Business category will receive $2,500 cash, consultation with Arnall Golden Gregory ($2,500 value), a trip to Sage Software’s customer conference, a one-year Gwinnett Chamber membership ($500 minimum value), passes to attend four sessions in the Chamber’s Gwinnett Business Institute program ($180 value), three copies of Microsoft Office 2010 ($1,500 value) and a scholarship to the SBDC Grow Smart program ($985 value), among other prizes. 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.
“Small business is an essential component of Gwinnett County and its economic vitality,” stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “The Amazing Entrepreneur Contest provides the opportunity for additional support, while enabling entrepreneurs to launch their business idea with the encouragement of our community.”
Presenting sponsor of the 2013 contest is Jackson Electric Membership Corporation. Gwinnett District Manager, Randy Dellinger, stated, “We are excited to support the Amazing Entrepreneur Contest this year and its efforts to facilitate small business and entrepreneurial growth in the Gwinnett and metro Atlanta community.”
Applicants will be judged based on the business plan summary. Full contest rules and details are available on the Amazing Entrepreneur Contest website.
“The SBDC seeks to encourage the development of small businesses and entrepreneurs by providing educational services and resources within Gwinnett,” commented Robert Andoh, Area Director at The University of Georgia SBDC. “Joining with Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development to offer this contest demonstrates our ongoing efforts to support and grow this essential component of the community.”
For more information on the Amazing Entrepreneur Contest, please visit www.amazingentrepreneurcontest.com. To receive updates and reminders on Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development’s small business and entrepreneurial efforts, click here.
For more information or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.