Recognizing that running a business can be a challenging affair, the Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation, a member of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, is once again holding its “WIN This Space” competition, featuring the opportunity to capture a free storefront space for a year.
This year’s competition features “double the fun” with one prize being offered in Sarnia and another in the northern part of Lambton County.
The SLBDC is accepting applications for the contest through Wednesday, April 18, with full details on its website—www.slbdc.com.
Assisting entrepreneurs is nothing new for the SLBDC as the organization continues to provide dedicated business counselling and financing opportunities.
As Don Anderson, general manager of the SLBDC, has said, providing business start-ups with the access to capital is meeting a real need in the community, a goal that the Chamber is pleased to support.
The organization secured additional support for the contest, allowing it to add a user guide it will be providing to applicants.
Applicants will take their ideas from concept to completion of a fully executable business plan, with two ultimate winners selected at live pitch events taking place in June.
A panel of business experts will judge the applicants and finalists will proceed through mandatory business training sessions and receive one-on-one assistance to complete their business plans.
Those events will be open to the public.
Partners will also be invited to support the initiative through both financial contributions to support lease costs or contributions of goods and business services to support the winners in the launch or expansion of their ventures.
Landlords with suitable locations for consideration are being encouraged to contact the SLBDC directly to discuss the opportunity in more detail.