Are you an aspiring entrepreneur?

Submit your business plan for a chance to win cash prizes! DEADLINE EXTENDED to May 24, 2019.

About the Contest

The contest features two categories: Established Business and Pre-Venture.

The Annual Amazing Entrepreneur Business Plan Competition is an initiative by Partnership Gwinnett and The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to foster new business development in Gwinnett County.


The Established Business Category is open to individuals 18 years of age or older who currently own or manage a small business in Gwinnett County that is 36 months old or less as of February 15, 2019. The Pre-Venture category is open to contestants who live in Gwinnett County and have an idea for a business but are not yet open for business.

Prize Package

Established Business Category
Grand Prize winner will receive: 
$2,500 in cash and more.

Pre-Venture Category
Grand Prize winner will receive: 
Exclusive invites to select events, marketing opportunities and more.

Contest Rules

All Contestants (and each team member) must agree in writing to the rules, regulations, terms and conditions of The Amazing Entrepreneur Business Plan Competition in order to participate, and the Finalists (and each team member) will be required to agree in writing to the terms and conditions of an Affidavit and Release before being awarded prizes.


Take a look at the frequently asked questions to help you understand what the contest is about and how to enter.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships not only help create an entrepreneurial culture in the community, but also expose new business owners to products and services as they make first-time decisions regarding which vendors they should bring in as partners.

Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of our most common questions.

Why should I enter the Contest?

First, the contacts you’ll make alone will be more than worth the time you’ll put into it. Many of our contestants, even those who don’t place as Finalists, have gotten leads for paying customers. And, of course, if you do snag a Finalist spot, or become a category Winner, we have some great prizes. Long after the prizes have been utilized and the trophies are a little dusty, you’ll always have who you met and what you learned.

I’m new to this, and I’ve never done a business plan. Any suggestions?

Yes. Please visit UGA SBDC ( for information and guidance on writing your first business plan.

Is there a fee to enter?

Oh no. We’re trying to help you. Not make money from you.

When is the deadline?

The deadline to enter the contest is May 10, 2019, at 5 p.m.

What are the judges looking for when they evaluate the entries?

They are looking for thoroughness in planning your business. All sections of the business plan template need to be answered thoughtfully. They are not looking for who has the cleverest product or who will make the most money. They are looking to see who did their homework when thinking through the challenges the business will face.

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