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6th Annual WCEDC Small Business Grant Contest Begins

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Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 Time: 2:19 PM

We are very excited to announce our 6th annual Warren County Small Business Grant Contest, where we give away a total of $10,000 to deserving local businesses, is now open for entries! Click here to go to the information and application page. You may also see more details below:

Warren County small businesses (less than 10 employees) and entrepreneurs are encouraged to enter in one of two grant categories:

Existing Business: $6,000 Prize

Start-up Business: $4,000 Prize

Contest Timeline:

  • August 31, 2021 - Application deadline - Midnight
  • September 10, 2021 - Three finalists in each grant category will be notified
  • September 28, 2021 - Grant finalist’s presentations judged to determine one winner in each category

Existing Business Criteria:

  • Less than 10 full-time employees
  • Must have at least 2 full-time employees (can include the owner(s) and 2 part-time employees can equal 1 full-time equivalent)
  • While a physical commercial location is not required to apply, businesses that do have an existing commercial location will be scored higher. In order to receive points in this category, you will need to explain how you plan to have a physical location within the next twelve months.
  • Business must be located in Warren County

Start-up Business Criteria:

  • Businesses that opened within the past 12 months or plan to open in the next 12 months
  • Must plan to open a commercial location within two years
  • Must plan to have at least two full-time employees within three years (can include the owner(s))
  • Future business must be located in Warren County

Applications will be scored based on overall economic impact of the proposed use of funds along with:

  • Business description and mission
  • Products and services
  • Market potential and competition
  • Marketing and sales
  • Operations and Management
  • Financials
  • How funds will be used
  • Overall economic impact potential

Click here to visit the application and information page to enter the 2021 Small Business Grant Contest.