Busi­ness win­ner to land free down­town rent

Down­town As­so­ci­a­tion’s Win This Space con­test opens

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - Front Page -

Peo­ple want­ing to start their own busi­ness are en­cour­aged to en­ter the St. Catharines Down­town As­so­ci­a­tion’s Win This Space Con­test.

The con­test started Wed­nes­day. Sub­mis­sions will be ac­cepted un­til Nov. 22.

Con­test co-or­di­na­tor Tracy Jen­nings said sub­mis­sions should in­clude a busi­ness idea in 500 words or less, in­clud­ing how it would con­trib­ute to a vi­brant down­town.

A panel of judges will se­lect up to 15 fi­nal­ists who will then at­tend busi­ness ed­u­ca­tion work­shops where they’ll de­velop busi­ness, fi­nan­cial and mar­ket­ing plans.

Up to seven top fi­nal­ists will be se­lected by the judges based on those plans. Those fi­nal­ists will de­liver a pitch to the panel of judges, from which a win­ner will be cho­sen and an­nounced at a grand fi­nale event.

The grand prize is a one-year rent spon­sor­ship val­ued at up to $24,000 — which doesn’t in­clude util­i­ties or lease­hold im­prove­ments — plus ad­di­tional prizes from com­mu­nity busi­nesses, in­clud­ing in-kind pro­fes­sional busi­ness ser­vices to help the win­ner suc­ceed in its busi­ness ven­ture.

The win­ner will also re­ceive a one-year mem­ber­ship to both the St. Catharines Down­town As­so­ci­a­tion and Greater Ni­a­gara Cham­ber of Com­merce.

For more de­tails, an en­try form, or the rules and reg­u­la­tions, visit my-down­town.ca/win-this-space or con­tact Jen­nings at winthiss­pace@my­down­town.ca.

MELINDA CHEEVERS METROLAND

Tracy Jen­nings, of the Down­town St. Catharines As­so­ci­a­tion’s Win This Space con­test, stands in front of one of the va­cant store­fronts the con­test win­ner could choose as a lo­ca­tion in which to start a busi­ness.

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