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Calling All New Business Owners!

Join the 2017 New Venture Business Competition. You can participate if you are a legally blind U.S. resident and have successfully completed a course(s) with the Hadley Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship (FCE). The business under consideration for the competition must reside within The United States. The Hadley student must play a significant operational role and have majority ownership in the business.

Only one entry with one business plan submission is permitted.

2016 Competition Award Winners

Submission Criteria:

The Application and Business Plan Submission deadline is March 15, 2017. We will acknowledge submissions via email notification, and participants may need to provide additional information to the judges subsequent to the application process.

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.

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

Upload submissions, to NVC@hadley.edu in only Word, Excel formats, by March 15, 2017, by midnight, Central Time.

Plans are 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: Cash awards are not to exceed $30,000. We will recognize award recipients at the 2017 June Semi-annual meeting of the Hadley Board of Trustees on June 8.

Review the Rules and Rubic (RTF format).

Participant Rules and Requirements:

If you participate in Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired's 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 businesses covered by the Randolph-Sheppard priority. Randolph-Sheppard blind vendors are encouraged to apply if they have a business plan to expand into the private sector for a venture unrelated to their Business Enterprise Program facility.

Contact FCE@hadley.edu if you have any questions.