Deadline’s Thursday for Lenawee Now’s business idea program

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ADRIAN — The deadline is approaching for local entrepreneurs interested in participating in Lenawee Now’s new business idea pitch contest, Square One.

The economic development team at Lenawee Now is accepting idea submissions until Thursday, Feb. 1. This deadline could be extended depending on how many submissions are received.

The pitch contest/event will take place March 1 at Cotton Brewing Co., 626 Oak St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and pitches begin at 6 p.m.

Lenawee Now said the purpose of the event is to provide local entrepreneurs with the opportunity to share their ideas — big or small — so the organization can help make their vision a reality. Participants have the opportunity to share their business idea with the community, earn feedback and win the judges “Idea Genius” award for $1,000 and/or the “Audience Choice” award for $250.

Lenawee Now business acceleration manager Gary Clemetson said the pitch contest and event expects to offer many networking opportunities. He said they’ve created this contest/event to give people with ideas an opportunity to bring them out of the woodwork and into the light. He said people shouldn’t be afraid an idea will be stolen because this is not what this is about.

“This is about coming together to help build ideas into businesses,” he said. “Things begin with an idea, but it’s the execution of it, many times through teamwork, that it can become a reality.”

Clemetson said the community has a rich tradition of great entrepreneurs and new ideas.

“We want an event that showcases Lenawee’s ability to continue that tradition,” he said.

Once all submissions have been entered, the voting committee will review and select five finalists. The finalists then will pitch their idea at the event to the judges and the audience at large.

Prior to the finals, Clemetson said Lenawee Now will work with the finalists to help develop their pitch.

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