Access Florida Finance Corporation (AFFC) Announces The 2009 Business Plan Writing Contest

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In addition to providing financing to Florida's small business owner under the Black Business Loan Program (BBLP), AFFC is proud to introduce the 2009 Business Plan Writing Contest as an exciting new event we are sponsoring in conjunction with the best colleges, universities and Chambers of Commerce. The submission deadline for a practical and usable complete business plan covering all aspects of the business is October 31, 2009.

This Contest aims to generate the best ideas from the best universities and to integrate business students into one of the many small business resources available in Florida, the Black Business Loan Program (BBLP).

A Business Plan Writing Contest is a great way to get started on a new venture. Not only do you get credibility and validation, but you also often will get some helpful startup funding to boot. If you think you've got the right stuff, you can only stand to gain if your plan rises to the top of the heap. Cash prizes will be awarded; with winnings totaling as much as $10,000.

Winners will receive multiple awards and benefits; many of which extend beyond the scope of the contest itself. Although the Business Plan Writing Contest is geared toward business school students, it is open to all entrepreneurs, regardless of whether or not they attend a sponsoring institution. Even if you don't win the contest, you may quickly find yourself inundated with offers for partnerships and strategic alliances that you had never considered before! If you place well, or if your business plan creates a stir among the participants, your reputation will be exponentially enhanced within your industry.

The 2009 Business Plan Writing Contest kicked off September 9, in Jacksonville with a roundtable discussion for business school students and small business owners. The submission deadline for a practical and usable complete business plan covering all aspects of the business is October 31, 2009. In November, 2009, finalists must also make a presentation lasting no longer than fifteen (15) minutes in front of an independent judging panel with the goal of selling the plan. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three plans. Total prize money will be $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second and $1,000 for third. An equal award will be made to the sponsor, if one exists. Additionally, all entries will be reviewed for possible funding within the BBLP.

As our organization participates in the BBLP with the State of Florida, we are limiting participation in this contest to business plans eligible for financing under the BBLP (Florida Statutes Chapter 288.7102-3).

All materials must be submitted to:
Access Florida Finance Corporation
Business Plan Writing Contest
2623 Blairstone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32301

The deadline for submission of Business Plans is October 31, 2009. For further information, visit:

http://www.AccessFloridaFinance.com

The Business Plan Writing Contest finalist presentations and awards will be during the OSD Matchmaker Conference at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida, on Friday, November 20, 2009.

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