Annual Amazing Entrepreneur Contest Kicks Off

Press release from Partnership Gwinnett

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) June 19, 2017 – Partnership Gwinnett, in collaboration with The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC), launched its seventh annual Amazing Entrepreneur Contest. The competition, which recognizes the best business plan summary in two categories – Established Business and Pre-Venture – will award more than $10,000 in cash and prizes to Gwinnett County start-ups.

“The Amazing Entrepreneur Contest is an opportunity for entrepreneurs in Gwinnett to put their business ideas to work,” said Li Wong, Director of Entrepreneurship for Partnership Gwinnett. “The contest is designed to help entrepreneurs further crystalize their ideas and ensure their business is set up for success.”

The contest’s Established Business category is open to Gwinnett companies with a current business license that have been in operation for up to 36 months. The Pre-Venture category is open to Gwinnett residents who have a business idea, but are not yet in operation.

In addition to the $5,000 cash award, the Grand Prize winner will receive start-up consulting with Sterling Rose Consulting, a one-year Gwinnett Chamber membership ($500 minimum value), passes to attend the Chamber’s Small Business Summit ($120 value) and legal consultation with Arkad Associates ($2,000 value), among other prizes.

The winner of the Pre-Venture category will receive start-up consulting with Sterling Rose Consulting and additional prizes to be announced.

“I am encouraged by the success of the Amazing Entrepreneur Contest and its role in fostering successful businesses and economic stability in our community.” stated Gwinnett County Commission Chair Charlotte Nash.

The University of Georgia SBDC has partnered with Partnership Gwinnett to host the contest since its inception in 2010.

“The Amazing Entrepreneur Contest is a unique and impactful program for Gwinnett’s small business community,” said Antonio Barrios, Area Director at The University of Georgia SBDC. “We are pleased to be a partner of this awards program for the seventh year and look forward to seeing all the great nominees for this year.”

The 2017 Amazing Entrepreneur Contest sponsors are Arkad Associates Inc. and Sterling Rose Consulting Corp.

Applications will be accepted now through August 7, 2017. Winners will be announced during the Gwinnett Chamber’s Pinnacle Small Business Awards ceremony on October 12. For full contest rules and details on the Amazing Entrepreneur Contest, please visit

For more information on Partnership Gwinnett’s small business and entrepreneurial efforts, please

About Partnership Gwinnett
Partnership Gwinnett is a public-private initiative dedicated to bringing new jobs and capital investment to Gwinnett County, Georgia. Since 2006, Partnership Gwinnett has worked with its local partners to attract and retain jobs, cultivate capital investment, support educational institutions, foster workforce development and contribute to the exceptional quality of life found in Gwinnett. Fueled by the support of over one hundred companies, municipalities, Gwinnett County, K-12 and higher education systems, the mission of Partnership Gwinnett is to strengthen the community’s diverse economy to compete in the global marketplace and position Gwinnett as the premiere place to live, work and play.

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