Chamber of Commerce announces second Business Plan Competition

Posted: Mar. 2, 2013 12:08 am Updated: Mar. 16, 2013 3:15 am

The Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce is once again offering a $10,000 prize to the winner of its annual Business Plan Competition.

All for-profit businesses in any field, including start-up companies as well as expansions of existing companies, are eligible to enter the 2013 competition.

There is no cost to participate. Each contestant must submit an entry form by April 1 and the first draft of a business plan by June 14. A selection committee will review the plans, and up to five applicants will be invited to submit final drafts and make oral presentations in the final round.

Judging will be based on concept and innovation, viability, economic impact and the oral presentation.

The chamber initiated this competition in 2012 in recognition of its 125th anniversary. The aim is to foster new business initiatives as well as business expansions in Adams County.

Last year the competition had two $10,000 prize winners because an anonymous donor contributed an additional $10,000 in prize money. The Chamber in November announced the two winners were Golden Bridges, a service-oriented company that coordinates various aspects of moving for seniors, and Gem City Coffee, a coffee-roasting company. Each is eligible to receive $10,000 to assist with the opening of their businesses in 2013.

Packets of information about the 2013 competition are available at the chamber office in the Oakley-Lindsay Center during normal business hours. Information is also available at