DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: There are just a few days left for aspiring entrepreneurs to submit their entries to the Uxbridge BIA’s ‘Win This Space’ contest.
Entries to the contest - which will allow one local entrepreneur to blaze a new trail, with the grand prize winner awarded with $12,000 towards their first year’s lease of commercial space in Uxbridge - are due by Sunday, Oct. 20.
Since the exciting new contest was launched in August, more than 30 entries have been received by the BIA.
Contestants can get involved by visiting the BIA’s web site at www.uxbridgebia.ca and visiting the Submit Your Idea page and writing a few words about your idea for a new Uxbridge business.
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 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 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.
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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