Tuesday, February 14, 2012

EnterpriseU Entrepreneurs Boot Camp & Business Plan Competition

The Small Business Development Center of Kankakee Community College (KCC), the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County, and the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council (GLCEDC) is hosting the second annual EnterpriseU Entrepreneurs Boot Camp & Business Plan Competition.  The competition will be held from February—June 2012. The initiative includes a formal business plan competition, an accompanying coursework series crafted by KCC's Small Business Development Center, and special community and business events centered around the ideas of developing talent and building business opportunities from the ground up!  EnterpriseU contestants will receive free access to a coursework series developed by Kankakee Community College's Small Business Development Center:
·         Pre-Business Workshop
·         Business Plan Writing Workshop
·         Business Recordkeeping
·         Legal Issues in Business
·         Business Marketing
·         How to Apply for a Small Business Loan
All new businesses as well as existing businesses expanding into new product markets are welcome to participate in the 2-month EnterpriseU Boot Camp, which includes access to business plan mentoring, applicable coursework and several special events.  Winners will be determined based on the quality of their business plans and Kankakee and Livingston Counties will each have their own winners.  

The EnterpriseU kickoff meeting will take place Tuesday, February 21st at KCC with the winners to be determined in mid-June. Last year's competition had over 40 participants just from Kankakee.  The hosts hope that by including Livingston County entrepreneurs, they will increase the total number of participants and lead to a growing regional concentration of successful locally-owned small businesses.
For details, visit www.EnterpriseU.com or contact the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council at 815-842-2900.

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