TVBA business plan competition deadline is next Wednesday

TVBA-teknoVeterans who either own a new business or have aspirations to start one have until Wednesday to submit applications to participate in a business plan competition included as part of the upcoming “4th Annual Business and Education Showcase” hosted by the Tennessee Veterans Business Association (TVBA).

The two-day showcase begins January 27, but the pitch event for entrepreneurs is set for January 28. Those who are interested in participating should contact TVBA Chairman Jonathan Williams at chairman@jointvba.org before the January 15 deadline.

This is only the second year for the TVBA business plan competition, and several entrepreneurs got a jumpstart on preparing for the 2014 competition at an event earlier this week hosted by Tech 20/20.

“We wanted to do something a whole lot different this year,” Williams said in explaining the idea of using the expertise of Tech 20/20 to help participants prepare their business plans and pitches.

“We want to give you guys a framework to think about your business so you can tell the story of your business,” Tech 20/20’s Shawn Carson told the group that included Frank Podlaha of StreetJelly and Lynn Seiber of FLS. The former has been in business for about 18 months, while the latter launched his company two months ago.

The winner of the competition will receive a $5,000 prize donated by the Brown & Roberto law firm.

“Any veteran who is interested in starting a company or who has been in business less than three years is eligible to apply to participate,” Williams said.

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