Win $3,000 for Your New Business!

Friday, May 15, 2009

In April, the LAUNCH Business Plan Competition was unveiled and today we are proud to announce we have over $3000 in cash and prizes to award a new small business owner in Central Illinois.

Entries are still being accepted for the competition and it’s open to anyone who has a new business idea with plans to start that business in the Tri-County area. Just submit your completed application and business plan by August 1st via and you could be on your way to receiving over $3000 in cash prizes plus a multitude of general business services to get your business up and running properly.

LAUNCH sponsors include Unland Companies, Townhomes at Williamsburg, State Bank of Speer, and Husch Blackwell Sanders. “When we were asked to financially support the LAUNCH competition we felt it was a great idea,” said Afton Booth from the Unland Companies.  “We are fully invested in this region. We want to help stimulate business and opportunity for development and growth of small businesses in the region.”

This competition is brought to you by the Morton Economic Development Council, the East Peoria, Pekin, and Peoria Area Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, Bradley University’s Turner Center for Entrepreneurship and the Bradley Technology Commercialization Center.  “This competition is a great motivator for local entrepreneurs to get their plans on paper and receive needed mentoring and seed funding to make their venture a reality,” said Jennifer Daly from the Morton Economic Development Council.  “These new, small businesses can create needed job opportunities for our region.”

For more information on LAUNCH, contact Ken Klotz, Director of the Illinois SBDC at Bradley University at (309) 677-2992 or or visit the LAUNCH website at



The Morton Economic Development Council exists to positively shape the future of Morton. 

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