Entrepreneurs to compete for $1,000 top prize and start-up resources at CCBC’s 2015 Business Plan Competition

Sep 24, 2015 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.761.2482 (cell)

Baltimore County, MD – College campuses are fertile grounds for turning big ideas into opportunities for entrepreneurs. The Center for Business Innovation at the Community College of Baltimore County is sowing the seeds to grow four new businesses this fall and spring. Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Robert Stephens (Geek Squad), Richard Branson (Virgin Atlantic), Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Google) and many others all got their start developing their businesses from college campuses. In the Baltimore area, CCBC students and alumni are now turning to the college’s Center for Business Innovation to help them launch their business ideas.

This fall, the Center for Business Innovation is hosting its 2015 Business Plan Competition that will award seed money totaling $2,000 to the top four finalists. The first place winner receives $1,000, second-place $500 and the third and fourth-place winners receiving $250 each. Participants will be matched with local business owners who will serve as mentors and the award winners will work with CCBC’s top business students who will provide support in marketing, sales, website development, accounting, and human resources to help the new entrepreneurs launch their businesses.

The Center for Business Innovation has helped launch seven new businesses over the last few years and is planning to launch more this spring. Sponsors for 2015 Business Plan Competition include: Chick-fil-A, the CCBC Alumni Association, and the CCBC Foundation.

“Think of it as Shark Tank comes to CCBC,” says Executive Director of the Center Dennis Sullivan. “We’re working with students to develop their business plan. Then they have to make their pitch to a panel of judges who will determine who is awarded the seed money and gains valuable support from CCBC’s best and brightest Business Studies’ students. This really is a unique opportunity to help grow the local economy and give students the chance to apply the concepts they’re learning in the classroom to real-world challenges whether they chose to start a business or work with a start-up,” says Sullivan.

CCBC students or alumni who would like to participate in the competition must register by Oct. 9 and should contact Dennis Sullivan at 443-840-4395 or dsullivan2@ccbcmd.edu. Business owners who would like to serve as mentors or judges in the competition should also contact Dennis Sullivan.


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