IMC Inc. Announces Inaugural Partner Greenovation Green Product Contest with TMAC and SBDCEE in Texas

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IMC Inc. is proud to announce that the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Program (TMAC), along with the Small Business Development Center for Enterprise Excellence (SBDCEE), are hosting their first annual Greenovation Contest.

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IMC Inc. is proud to announce that the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Program(TMAC), along with the Small Business Development Center for Enterprise Excellence (SBDCEE), are hosting their first annual Greenovation Contest.
If you have a green product concept and fit their criteria, then you should apply to be part of the 2011 Texas Greenovation Contest. Applications and submissions for this year’s Greenovation Contest are being accepted between September 6, and October 14, 2011. Finalists will be notified on October 21. Finalists will have to present to a panel of judges on November 9, and winners will be announced that day. Winners will be presented with a prize package valued at over $10,000, and will receive free publicity and product launch assistance.

The Contest first started in 2008 in Central Pennsylvania, with the goal of encouraging regional companies and entrepreneurs to take a moment to “think green” about their current products and new product ideas. The SBDCEE and TMAC are both housed at the University of Texas Arlington’s Automation and Robotics Research Institute. Their goal is to host the contest annually. There have been a few Greenovation Contests in Pennsylvania, but this is the first in Texas.

The Greenovation Contest, hosted by SBDCEE and TMAC, is open to all students (both high school and college), entrepreneurs (those who don’t have a business) and small businesses (less than 500 employees) in Tarrant, Dallas, Collin, Denton and Johnson counties. Greenovation seeks original product ideas that embody the principles of planet, profit and people. The contest will encourage the innovative thinking and creation of a new green product that can help lead the way in energy conservation and the sustainability of natural resources. Tom Pryor, TMAC Growth Coach & Director of UTA's SBDC, said, “America needs to promote the benefits of being an engineer, scientist or inventor to young people. By promoting our Greenovation contest to Texas high schools and universities, we hope to redirect young minds from video games and Facebook to creating new green products that American manufacturers can produce next year.”

The Greenovation contest that has been hosted by IMC in Pennsylvania over the past 3 years has successfully yielded and produced green innovations. In 2011 IMC presented the Greenovation concept to other National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Manufacturers Extension Program centers as a way to encourage manufacturers to develop green products. TMAC and SBDC were some of the first to become Greenovation Partners.

For more information or to apply to take part in this year’s Texas Greenovation Contest, please visit http://www.sbdcexcellence.org/index.php/contest or contact Tom Pryor at 817-272-5930 or tpryor(at)uta(dot)edu. Mail completed entries to SBDC for Enterprise Excellence, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. South, Fort Worth, TX 76118 or fax entries to 817-272-5998.

For more information on the national Greenovation Movement, visit http://www.greenovationcontest.com.

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