DreamFest challenge offers real world experience


From Contributed Reports

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Nash Community College Small Business Center is providing technical assistance to applicants entering the DreamFest 2018 Business Plan Competition.

The competition hosted by the Upper Coastal Plain Business Development Center is open to prospective business start-ups as well as existing businesses operating less than three years. Entrepreneurs from Nash, Edgecombe, Wilson, Halifax and North Hampton counties are eligible to compete in the challenge, as well as entrepreneurs in the counties directly surrounding these five counties.

There is no entry fee to participate. Interested entrepreneurs must complete and submit the one page registration form before the Nov. 21 registration deadline. Written business plans are due by 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 4. The contest will culminate on Jan. 27 with the DreamFest Challenge Competition and Oral Presentations. The first place winner will be awarded a cash prize of $10,000. Monetary prizes will also be awarded to second and third place winners.

“The DreamFest 2018 Challenge is designed to provide potential and existing entrepreneurs real world experience in developing a business plan and networking with successful entrepreneurs and business professionals,” said Business Development Center Olga Abrams.

Candidates entering the competition can learn from seasoned entrepreneurs how to develop a solid business plan and how to effectively pitch a business concept or request complimentary coaching from the Small Business Center. To learn more, see the seminars hosted by Rocky Mount Mills and the Small Business Center.

Request the time sensitive registration and guideline packet by including DreamFest 2018 on the subject line and e-mail to Abrams at oabrams@ucpcog.org or Theresa Peaden at trpeaden297@nashcc.edu.