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Posted on: February 22, 2021

[ARCHIVED] City Holding Small Business Plan Competition; Information Meeting Scheduled

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Office of Business Inclusion and Advancement
Feb. 22, 2021

The city is holding its Small Business Plan Competition again in 2021 and will hold an online information meeting Tuesday, March 2, for entrepreneurs interested in participating. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Entrepreneurs interested in attending can receive an invitation to the meeting by sending an email to Steven Harrison at

The Office of Business Inclusion and Advancement is sponsoring the competition to promote job creation and small businesses by helping entrepreneurs develop sound business plans. The two winners will each receive a $5,000 grant for start-up costs, up to $5,000 in a potential matching micro-loan and technical assistance.

Eligible submissions must be for micro-businesses (five employees or less) located within the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area. This area includes portions of the northern, southern and eastern quadrants of the city. The businesses must also create low- to moderate-income jobs or benefit low- to moderate-income residents. Staff from the department’s Business Development Division will be available to provide assistance throughout the competition.

Following the information session on March 2, executive summaries and business descriptions must be submitted by April 12. All submissions will be reviewed and the top finalists will have the opportunity to submit completed business plans in June. The finalists will be judged by the Small Business Loan Committee and the winner announced in August.

During last year’s competition, seven start-up business plans were selected for the finals. Proposals by Johanne Mitchell for a cafe and Thomas Lees for a coffee business were selected as the winners by the city’s Small Business Loan Committee. Everyone who submitted a business plan received guidance on how to improve their business plan and was eligible to apply for a small business loan. 

For more information go to and search for Small Business Plan Competition, or call Steven Harrison at 336-747-7474.

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