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Calling All New Business Owners!

Join the 2016 New Venture Business Competition. You can participate if you successfully completed a course(s) with the Hadley Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship (FCE).

Participants must be legally blind and must play a significant role through ownership or equity in the business. Only one entry with one business plan submission is permitted.

Submission Criteria:

The Application and Business Plan Submission deadline is January 15, 2016. We will acknowledge submissions via email notification, and participants may be asked to provide additional information.

Business Plans are limited to 10 pages, including a required one-page executive summary. In addition, the applicant may submit up to five pages of supporting appendices.

You must report a full one-year financial projection, including a cash flow statement, balance sheet and income statement on a monthly basis.

Upload submissions, in Word, Excel formats, by January 15, 2016, by midnight, Central Time.

Plans will be judged on the likelihood of achieving a viable new venture. The outcomes of the judge's decisions' as to award amounts and award recipients are final.

Prize: All cash awards are not to exceed $25,000. Any single award is not to exceed $10,000. In-kind donations will include mentoring, judging and advisory services to the competition. Award recipients will be recognized at the 2016 BLAST, Chicago, Illinois, May 17-20, 2016.

Participant Rules and Requirements:

If you participate in Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impairedís New Venture Competition, you agree to accept and abide by its rules. Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired reserves the right to:

This competition is intended for new ventures in the start-up, or early growth stages of business development. The following business models are excluded from the competition: buy-outs, real estate related investments, tax shelters, franchises, or anything that could be considered a Randolph-Sheppard related VR agency investment.

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