The Plan

You’ve completed your research, written your business plan and polished it until it shines like the brass railing on a passenger cruise ship. Now it’s time to submit your plan online to have it judged by a panel of investment, business and community leaders. Eight semifinalist Small Business teams will move on to the oral competition and will compete on Friday, April 4, to determine the six finalists that will compete on the Saturday, April 5, for first, second and third place winners.

The finalist teams will earn $1,000 each with advisors/mentors awarded $500 each. Judges who score the written business plans will provide feedback that can be used by teams to improve their presentation should they advance to the next round.

Logistics and Deadline for Business Plan Submission: All written business plans will be submitted electronically as PDF files by 3 p.m. March 10, 2014. No printed copies are required for the written portion of the competition. All business plans will be submitted electronically following instructions on the Official Business Plan Submittal Form provided when teams are registered. Each business plan, including all appendices, will need to be saved to a single PDF file less than 10MB in size. Plans will undergo an independent review after which the eight Small Business semifinalists will be posted online and an email notification will be sent to Team Leaders and Advisors with judges’ comments.

Useful Links:
Forms, Scorecards and Applications The Paulsen Award Application
Guidelines Sample Business Plan
Resources
Rules