Catapult Small Business Competition
Shiawassee County Catapult Small Business Competition

Thank you for your interest in applying to compete in the 2018-19 small business competition sponsored by the I-69 Thumb Region. Total cash prizes for the I-69 seven county Thumb region will total $40,000.

Local cash prizes will be awarded for First Place ($2,500) and Second Place ($1,500). The first place winner will advance to the I-69 Thumb Region regional competition for a chance to win additional cash prizes, including: $6,000 for First Place, $4,000 Second Place and $2,000 for Third Place. The Catapult small business competition is intended to provide capital to launch startup business ventures or grow existing small businesses.

Ground Rules & Process:

- Your small business must be located in Shiawassee County.

- Eligible applicants are individuals wishing to start a business within the next six months or existing small businesses. A
small business has 20 or fewer employees, existing revenue of less than $400,000. Former finalists of previous Catapult
competitions are ineligible. Other previous applicants (non-finalists/presenters) are welcome to apply.

- You must agree to present at the local competition on January 10 and potentially the regional competition on January 24.

- You must answer the questions below and submit a brief executive summary and Powerpoint Presentation .

- Application, Executive Summary and Powerpoint presentations are due by December 3.

- Application can be submitted first (independently) followed by Executive Summary and Powerpoint by December 3.

- Email Executive Summary (Word or Google Doc) and MS Powerpoint to: cpeterson@shiawasseechamber.org

- MS Powerpoint not to exceed 10 slides. Finalists chosen will utilize to give a live four minute presentation.

*Executive Summary Examples/Resources:
https://www.thebalancesmb.com/executive-summary-of-the-business-plan-2948012
https://articles.bplans.com/writing-an-executive-summary/

*It is recommended that the author use 11 point font for the body of the text with single spacing. A Microsoft Word document or PDF are acceptable upload formats
Please provide the name of your startup or existing business:
Please provide your first and last name
Please provide your phone number. (Please list the number best used to reach you).
Please provide your email address:
Please describe your business as it relates to Advanced Manufacturing, Craft Agriculture & Food, Logistics, Professional Services, Tourism, Technology or a different industry not listed. (5000 Character Max) *
Who is your primary customer, what is the market for your product or service; and what (marketing) channels will you use to reach them? (5000 Character Max) *
Describe your business landscape (key activities) and your competitive advantage, include the value you provide to your customers. (5000 Character Max) *
How will you make money? Please indicate current or projected revenue streams. We understand many businesses will have several ways to generate revenue. *
Briefly describe yourself and the principal partners/key members of your team. Please include name, title and list key activities they perform. *
Do you have current customers and sales? If yes, what are your current sales (per month, quarter or annual) and how are customer sales/purchases made (online, business-to-business, business-to-consumer, direct sales)?
Congratulations!
This completes your initial application. As your next steps, please 1) write a brief executive summary not to exceed three pages or 1,200 words 2) prepare a PowerPoint Presentation not to exceed 10 slides (finalists will use to present four minute business pitches at the live competition). Please email both requirements to: cpeterson@shiawasseechamber.org
by 5:00 P.M. on December 3, 2018. For documents not submitted by the deadline, applications will be considered incomplete and ineligible. If you have questions, or would like assistance, free counseling/coaching is available via our MI-SBDC partner.
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