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2016 MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition

The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship announces the 2016 MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition. The competition provides new and potential business owners an opportunity to move their businesses forward. Competitors must live in Missouri and locate their business in Missouri. Entry is open to any potential business owner or current business owner that has been in operation three years or less. There are two categories. The Youth category is for youth aged 19 and under and the Open category is for anyone over 18.

All entrants benefit from entering the competition through receiving feedback on their entry with tips and advice. Finalists also receive the opportunity to compete for funds to invest in their business while showcasing their product or service.

There are two phases of the competition. The first round begins by competitors going to the MVCAA website at
www,nvcaa,net, clicking on MADE and downloading the preliminary level entry documents. This will include the preliminary level cover sheet and the appropriate category questionnaire. After those are completed, submit them to Cheryl Zimny at zimnyc@mvcaa.net as an attachment or mail them to her at 1415 S. Odell in Marshall, MO 65340. The first round entries need to be submitted by 5:00pm on May 31, 2016.

Finalists are asked to submit a business plan with financials by August 1st and participate in a trade show and investor style pitch round at the State Fair in August. First, second and third place winners in each category receive funds to invest in their business.

The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE) is a diverse group of organizations, agencies, university, entrepreneurs and other professionals dedicated to cultivating entrepreneurship in Missouri. The Alliance is facilitated by Missouri Valley Community Action Agency in Marshall.

For more information or to enter the competition contact Chery Zimny, Community Development Manager; at (660) 886-7476 ext. 816 by phone or zimnyc@mvcaa.net through email.

This project/program is funded at 75% at $15,000 by federal funds and 25% at $5,000 by nongovernmental sources for a total amount of $20,000. The federal funds are received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division.

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