Believe in Bristol accepting applications for “Ben Collins Memorial Entrepreneur Grants Program”

The Believe in Bristol (BiB) organization is now accepting applications for its seventh annual “Ben Collins Memorial Entrepreneur Grants Program.” It is a partnership between BiB and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, City of Bristol, VA, and Wells Fargo Foundation.

According to the announcement, BiB will be awarding $80,000 in grant funding to five winning and innovative businesses focused on Downtown Bristol. First place winner receives $25,000, second places earns $20,000, third place receives $15,000, and fourth and fifth place will each receive $10,000.

Applications are due by February 7. Those interested can determine eligibility by answering one or more of these questions:

  • Do you have an idea that will help continue to grow Historic Downtown Bristol VA/TN?
  • Are you an entrepreneur and local community advocate?
  • Are you just getting started with your product or service idea and think that downtown is the right fit?
  • Are you already in business downtown but have plan to expand your business offering new services or growing your current location?

The top 15 ideas will move to the next level – a a six-week series of two-hour classes beginning March 8 and ending with a pitch event May 5.

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