Prizes awarded at the finals are available ONLY due to the generosity of our SPONSORS.

The decisions made by our judges are at their sole discretion and all decisions of the committee will be final.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories and the total Prize Package for all categories is worth over $125,000 dollars!

 

Existing Business Expansion

For those with a plan to start a non-retail business or a product in areas like Agriculture, Manufacturing, or Technology.

Prize Package to be awarded in this category:

  • $2,500 cash
  • Up to $35,000 in advertising from Regional Media, Gatehoue, Galesburg Radio, and WRMJ
  • Marketing Consultation from Mr. Dave Dunn worth up to $1,800
  • A $500 Foundatation Scholarship for related business coursework from either CSC, Blackhawk College, or Blackhawk College East Campus
  • Up to 8 hours of Customer Service Training from the U of I Extension (a package worth up to $2,000).
  • Tailored Consultation and Support Services from the WIU branch of the SBDC
  • One hour of Consultation with Master's Educational Services worth $1,875
  • $500.00 from Thomas L. Irons, EA Accounting Systems, Inc. for consultations, accounting, and/or payroll work

Startup Retail or Service

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For those with a plan to expand a retail sales business.

Prize Package to be awarded in this category:

  • $2,500 cash
  • Up to $35,000 in advertising from Regional Media, Gatehoue, Galesburg Radio, and WRMJ
  • Marketing Consultation from Mr. Dave Dunn worth up to $1,800
  • A $500 Foundatation Scholarship for related business coursework from either CSC, Blackhawk College, or Blackhawk College East Campus
  • Up to 8 hours of Customer Service Training from the U of I Extension (a package worth up to $2,000).
  • Tailored Consultation and Support Services from the WIU branch of the SBDC
  • One hour of Consultation with Master's Educational Services worth $1,875
  • $500.00 from Thomas L. Irons, EA Accounting Systems, Inc. for consultations, accounting, and/or payroll work

Startup Manufacturing/Fabrication Business

Fabrication

For those with a plan to start a fabrication business.

Prize Package to be awarded in this category:

  • $2,500 cash
  • Up to $35,000 in advertising from Regional Media, Gatehoue, Galesburg Radio, and WRMJ
  • Marketing Consultation from Mr. Dave Dunn worth up to $1,800
  • A $500 Foundatation Scholarship for related business coursework from either CSC, Blackhawk College, or Blackhawk College East Campus
  • Up to 8 hours of Customer Service Training from the U of I Extension (a package worth up to $2,000).
  • Tailored Consultation and Support Services from the WIU branch of the SBDC
  • One hour of Consultation with Master's Educational Services worth $1,875
  • $500.00 from Thomas L. Irons, EA Accounting Systems, Inc. for consultations, accounting, and/or payroll work

 

 

 

 

 

 

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