Jean publishes a blog called the Enterprise Corner. It features articles on entrepreneurship, local industry trends, manufacturing news and periodic ‘toolbox’ articles showcasing assistance, incentives and other resources for local businesses.
We are excited to announce that eight emerging businesses are advancing to the final round of the Enterprise Challenge business plan contest. These entrepreneurs were selected by a group judges that met with and evaluated business plan contestants at an afternoon trade show last week.The contestants went all out on their booths, and their business plan summaries. One judge commented, “The quality of the business plans were so much better than last year, and the contestants seemed to be much more prepared for the business world. It was a very tough competition this year, very exciting.” The competition started with 26 contestants; last week our contestants participated in an afternoon trade show meeting with a group of approximately 30 judges who evaluated each business and its chances for success. After providing us their scores and evaluations, the judges ultimately picked the following companies to move on in our contest:
It was very difficult to cut our field down to the eight finalists. We had a stellar group of entrepreneurs involved in the Enterprise Challenge this year and we know that several contestants who did not make our cut will nonetheless launch very successful enterprises. Next week our finalists travel to Seattle to participate in Entrepreneur University. This daylong workshop is a great experience for small businesses and our contestants will bring home lots of valuable advice and information. After the Seattle road trip our entrepreneurs will have about three weeks to finalize their plans. Our office is working to pair each contestant up with a coach or coaches that can advise them in areas where they need additional help. These coaching activities will unfold between now and early December. Final judges will meet the contestants on December 8th and help us select our contest winners. We will announce our prize winning entrepreneurs at our awards luncheon on December 9th.