SCORE Looking for Nominations for 2019 Entrepreneurship Day Small Business Awards

Building relationships, and community awareness are the key reasons SCORE of Southwest Michigan will host EDay! Know a small business that exemplifies the spirit of small business? They could win one of SCORE’s Small Business Awards at EDay!

Let the West Michigan business community know about your business, where you are, and what you have been doing based on your business strategies. Enhance your image in the community. The name of the Award may range from Main Street Partner, Community Leader, City Planner, Captain of Industry, or Nation Builder. The number of employees, 500 or less defines a small business. Other incentives may become available. Check SCORE website routinely.

Entrepreneur of the Year Award (1):

Any entrepreneurial business (for profit or nonprofit) that has been established and actively operating in Southwest Michigan (counties include Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Branch, St. Joseph, Cass, Berrien) for more than two years.

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Startup Founders Award (up to 10):

Any entrepreneurial start-up business (for profit or nonprofit) that has been established and actively operating in Southwest Michigan (counties include Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Branch, St. Joseph, Cass, Berrien) for less than two years.

Complete the Award Application Form and submit online or on a maximum three pages (8.5×11) defining your business mission/goals, value proposition and/or business opportunity, targeted market/customers, product/service category(ies), benefits statements and marketing plans. Provide an explanation of your success to date, i.e., sales in dollars or units, percentage of market penetration, new customers attained, etc. You may include or add graphics of company logo, photos, or ad messaging or video that demonstrates your product/service.

Application must be received by no later than AUGUST 15, 2019. Email Application to: Robert L. Perkins, robert.perkins@scorevolunteer.org (if you wish to submit a paper application, contact Bob Perkins at the e-mail address for additional instructions).

The Awards Committee will recognize up to three (3) recipients, and these will be announced at the Entrepreneurship Day Event, Thursday, November 7, 2019, from 3 to 7 p.m., Delta Marriott Hotel Events Center. All selected entries must have a representative present at the Entrepreneurship Day Awards Presentation Event to receive the certificate and award. Entrep of the Year winners will be asked to make a 5-6 minute presentation on their business model. The Awards Committee selection will be final.

Click on the links below to view and download the fillable form. If you would like access to paper applications, please email Bob Perkins by clicking here.

Applications for the awards are now being accepted. Anyone in the 7-county area SCORE serves (Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Branch, St. Joseph, Cass, Berrien) is eligible to nominate or be nominated by completing an application.

Deadline is August 15, 2019. Recipients will be asked to attend EDay and Entrepreneur of the Year will be asked to make a short presentation.