DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Have you ever dreamed of owning your own business? The Uxbridge BIA recently launched an exciting new contest aimed at making those dreams a reality.
The Uxbridge BIA’s ‘Win This Space’ contest will allow one local entreprenuer to blaze a new trail, with the grand prize winner awarded $12,000 towards their first year’s lease of commercial space in Uxbridge.
The BIA made the announcement at a joint luncheon between the BIA and the Chamber of Commerce at the Tin Mill Restaurant on Monday, Aug. 26.
Contestants can get involved by visiting the BIA’s web site, www.uxbridgebia.ca, and clicking on the Submit Your Idea page to write a few words about their idea for a new Uxbridge business between now and Sunday, Oct. 20.
According to BIA facilitator Sari Pandopolous, all submitted ideas for businesses will be reviewed by the Uxbridge BIA Board of Directors /Judging panel before up to 30 candidates will be selected to participate in the next phase of the competition.
If your idea is selected by the panel, you’ll be invited to attend the Kick-off launch event at the Uxbridge Music Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 5. At this time candidates will discover more about the extra services offered to aided you in making your business idea a reality.
Candidates will receive a series of three free Business Builder Coaching Workshops being hosted by the BACD (Business Advisory Centre Durham) during which you will create a Business Model Canvas for your proposed business. You will also receive numerous networking opportunities, mentoring support and much more.
"We want to fill those empty spaces in town," Ms. Pandopolous explained. "And the contest is also about people inspiring other people. We have a great line-up of mentor nights where those who submitted ideas will be able to network, and learn from current local business owners."
The winner of the contest will be announced during a live finale celebration at the Uxbridge Music Hall on March, 6, 2014, with the winning business expected to be up and running in the community by next spring.
Although there can only be one grand prize winner, the BIA is hopeful for several winners over the course of the contest, which is running in the hopes of invigorating Uxbridge’s already diverse business community.
"There’s not just one winner," commented BIA Chair Don Andrews. "Hopefully we can get a lot of great business ideas percolating that will hopefully one day come to fruition and lead to an even more vibrant business community here in Uxbridge."
The ‘Win This Space’ initiative is a partnership between the Uxbridge BIA, Durham Region Economic Development and BACD (Business Advisory Centre Durham) who are all ready to assist you with planning your new business so submit your idea before Saturday, Oct. 20 at www.uxbridgebia.ca.
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