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Businesses contest names 14 qualifiers

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Gazette staff
June 15, 2011

Fourteen existing small businesses and emerging entrepreneurial interests have qualified for the 2011 Accelerate Your Business Plan Contest run by Rock County 5.0.


The contestants have completed the first of several stages to competitively position themselves as hopeful recipients of the contest's prize package, which is valued up to $35,000.


The contest involves a series of structured workshops and one-on-one mentoring sessions.


The first of four workshops was last week. The remaining workshops, which are open to the public and free to attend, will address the following topics:


-- Thursday, June 30"Developing a Marketing Plan"


-- Thursday, July 28"Developing & Understanding Financial Proformas"


-- Thursday, Aug. 18"Compiling Your Final Business Plan and Identifying Financing Resources."


Contestants must turn in their final business plans by Sept. 13. The winner will be announced in October.


Rock County 5.0 is a five-year public/private economic development initiative designed to reposition and revitalize Rock County's economy. For more information, visit rockcounty5.com.



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