In 2017, a local resident and business owner walked into the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce office with an idea about how to encourage entrepreneurship, create new jobs and give back to the community that contributed to his own success. Harold Frazier of New Breed Seed Company donated $10,000 and said he simply wanted it to go to someone with a great business plan that would create new jobs in the Cottage Grove area.
The Chamber of Commerce, Cottage Grove Community Development Corporation and RAIN Eugene joined for several months of meeting, and in those meetings the Cottage Grove Business Challenge was born. Twenty-four hopeful entrepreneurs took the challenge and three were chosen to receive funds to help start/expand their businesses.
Mike Caven of Sanity Chocolate won 1st prize and $6,000. Joey Jaraczewski of Sohr Performance + Nutrition won $3,000 and Kim Johnson with Real Live Food Oregon won $1,000!
This year, in 2019, entrepreneurs are invited once again, to take the challenge and submit their business plan ideas for a chance to win up to $10,000 in start-up funding. Please see ‘Participant Information’ for details.
Those who accept the challenge will have access to a series of classes through Lane Community College and the Lane Small Business Development Center, Liveplan business plan writing software will be provided by Palo Alto, as well as mentor support from seasoned business leaders. Classes begin in March and submissions for the Cottage Grove Business Challenge are due May, 1st 2019 (emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org).
KICKOFF NETWORKING EVENT
A kickoff networking event will be held Wednesday March 13, 2019, 6:00pm-8:00pm at The Brewstation, 106 S 6th Street, Cottage Grove, OR. 97424.
All interested parties including entrepreneurs, investors, sponsors and business leaders are encouraged to attend the kickoff event. Businesses may register for the challenge at the Kickoff Event.
Businesses looking to participate in the class provided by Lane Small Business Development Center should register. To attend the one day seminar businesses must register by 3pm on April 12th.
To register now, please go to the ‘Business Registration’ tab to do so.
Please email email@example.com or call Brunneis, Pacific Northwest Productions at 541-357-1930 with any questions or concerns.