10/12/2017 8:54:26 AM

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own restaurant or eatery? Has the thought of becoming an entrepreneur crossed your mind more than a few times?

Win this Space is a contest designed to support a local entrepreneur that would like to open a restaurant in downtown Ripley.

The prize package includes many things a business needs to get started including a full service restaurant property and the opportunity for local and County level support for entrepreneurs and their business

To apply, fill out the online form and upload a 1-3 minute video that describes your restaurant concept and why you think it will be successful in downtown Ripley. That's all you need to do for step one of the contest. Applications are due between September 25th and October 27th 2017.

Once the applications have been reviewed by the judging panel, 5 finalists will be chosen to continue with the contest. All applicant's will be notified if they are moving on or not.

The 5 finalists will work with Bruce County's Business to Bruce team to complete their business plan and to attend 3-5 business seminars. (To complete the Win this Space program, contestants must attend 3 business seminars; however, in order to be eligible for the Starter Company Plus Grant Program, business owners must attend 5).

In order to move on to the final step of the Win this Space program, finalists must submit their completed business plans (including a detailed budget) by January 12th, 2018.

The Judging panel will review the submitted business plans. On January 31st, all finalists will be invited to do a 10 minute presentation of their business plans to the judging panel followed by a 10-15 minute question and answer period.

After all the finalists have presented their plans, the Judging panel will discuss the plans and choose the winner. The Judging panel will announce the winner of the prize package on January 31st, 2018. All finalists will be required to return to Ripley for the announcement.


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