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AdvantageWest and VERVE magazine seek submissions from women entrepreneurs for business plan competition – enter today!

AdvantageWest’s entrepreneurial development program and VERVE, a monthly magazine targeting WNC women in the arts, business, fashion and design, announce the launch of the VERVE-aciously BIG Idea Business Plan Competition, a contest for women entrepreneurs. Deadline to enter is April 1.

The competition targets women-owned, for-profit businesses, both established ventures seeking expansion and would-be entrepreneurs with ideas for a startup. A total of $10,000 in cash, prizes, business support services and expert advice will be awarded. Winners will be announced at Carolina Connect, AdvantageWest’s signature annual conference for entrepreneurs and investors, held on May 5 in Asheville.

Businesses participating in the VERVE-aciously BIG Idea Business Plan Competition must be located in the 23-county region served by AdvantageWest. The contest is open to businesses in any industry segment, though high-growth businesses or those that use technology in an innovative way are strongly encouraged to participate.

See full competition guidelines here.
More about Carolina Connect 2011 here.

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