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Business Plan Competition 2023

Unlock Your Business Potential!

Calling all entrepreneurs! Embark on a journey of innovation and growth through the Southern Illinois 2023 Business Plan Competition powered by Regions Bank. Craft a comprehensive business plan and deliver a compelling 90-second pitch to seize the chance to win a share of $20,000 in prize money and valuable in-kind services that will propel your business forward. 

Competitors are required to attend and complete three mandatory workshops (in Carbondale, Marion, Mt. Vernon, or Red Bud) held during the following weeks:

• The Business Plan - Week of September 18th.
• The Business Financials - Week of October 2nd.
• The Pitch - Week of October 16th.
• Local Competitions - Week of October 30th.
• Regional Competition - Week of November 13th.
• Award Ceremony - November 30th.


Applicants must meet the following criteria to participate:

• Be a start-up or existing for-profit small business, focused on innovative ideas, products, or services. Pre-venture entrepreneurs may also enter.

• Submit new ideas or expansion opportunities that are not current business operations.

• Have a business located in one or more of the following Southern Illinois counties: Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Union, White, and Williamson.

• Not be a public governmental entity, nonprofit organization, public/private school, or university/college.

For more information: Contact our office by calling (618)536-2424 

A big thank you to our sponsors. Without their support, this event wouldn't be possible! 

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Applications are closed - look for the next event in 2024!