Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett, in collaboration with the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, launched its fifth annual Amazing Entrepreneur Contest Thursday. The competition, which recognizes the best business plan summary in two categories: Established Business and Pre-Venture, will award more than $17,000 in cash and prizes to a Gwinnett County startup.
“Gwinnett entrepreneurs make significant contributions to our community and as we enter our fifth year, we’re expecting more of them than ever to participate in the Contest and start to engage with the great support services in the region,” stated Mark Farmer, Director for Entrepreneurship for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett.
In addition to the $10,000 cash award, the grand prize winner will also receive consultation with Arnall Golden Gregory, a $3,000 value, a one-year Gwinnett Chamber membership, $500 minimum value, passes to attend the Chamber’s Small Business, a $120 value, and a scholarship to the SBDC Grow Smart program, $985 value, among other prizes.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the source of job creation for hard-working people in this community,” stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “With the right tools, these businesses and entrepreneurs will drive innovation and the Amazing Entrepreneur Contest provides just the support that startups need and encourages small business development throughout our community.”
New this year is an Amazing Entrepreneur reception, where attendees will get the chance to vote in a new special Pre-Venture category, for the Best Investment Opportunity.
Applications accepted through Feb. 20, 2015. Winners will be announced during the Gwinnett Chamber’s Pinnacle Small Business Awards in April.