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Hey entrepreneurs! Have a great business idea? Enter Win this Space Essex! The contest is officially OPEN!

Friday, October 25, 2019

On Monday, October 21, 2019, in recognition of Small Business Week, the Essex Centre BIA officially launched its “Win this Space Essex” contest along with its esteemed partners, Libro Credit Union, the Town of Essex, and the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.

Entrepreneurs with a great business idea are invited to submit a preliminary application between today and 10 a.m. on Friday, November 8, 2019.

Contest judges, from the community, will assess the applications and will select 10 ideas to move forward in the contest. These second round contestants will take part in a Business Training Series that the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre will provide, and will later present their business plans to the judges.

The top three finalists will present their final business plans at a public event to be held in January of 2020, where the winner will be announced.

The contest winner will receive:

A grant of up to $1000 a month for one year to put towards the lease of a pre-approved
Essex Centre storefront, from the Libro Prosperity Fund.

A $5,000 WindsorEssex Small Business Centre Starter Company Plus Grant.
In addition, the other nine finalists will be able to use what they learn through the Business Training Series to help them succeed in their business outside the program.

“It isn’t enough to have an idea and open your business. Entrepreneurs need practical business knowledge in order to start and grow. Business planning is essential to the success of any new business and we are pleased to provide this support,” Sabrina DeMarco, Executive Director of the Small Business Centre, said.

“We are very excited to offer this program, which will only add to the Essex Centre business district and help create strong business-owners,” Terri Grondin-Sweet said, who is the Chairperson of the Essex Centre BIA. “We are proud of the partnerships we formed to offer this contest and look forward to hearing the great ideas that will be submitted.”

The “Win this Space Essex” contest was made possible through a Libro Prosperity Fund grant, and through partnerships between the Essex Centre BIA, the Town of Essex, and the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.

Monday, October 21: Announcement of program & contest rules during Small Business Week.
Friday, November 8: Preliminary applications due at 10 am.
Friday, November 8: Judges decide which applications can move onto Business Training Series.
Monday, November 18-22: Windsor Essex Small Business Centre Business Training Series
November 18-December 18: Second-round applicants will be required to work on business plans and show proof of $5,000 minimum personal investment to the business.
Wednesday, December 18: Second-round finalists present plans to judges during private event.
Friday, December 20: Top three announced
Friday, January 10: Final three will present business plans live at public event. Winner will be announced.

*Dates are subject to change*

How to Apply
Have a great business idea? Enter Win this Space Essex!

Initial 250-word applications are being accepted until 10 a.m. on November 8, 2019.

*Enter your 250 word application below*

Applicants selected to move on in the contest will be required to attend a Business Training Series with the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre and show proof of $5,000 minimum personal investment to the business. Second-round finalists will present business plans to a panel of judges, and the top three will present their business Final Business Plans at a public event.

Click this link to Download the Win This Space Essex Agreement Form And Contest Rules