WHAT: Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. has opened registration for its Growing Chicago: $10K Business Plan Pitch Contest to Illinois Entrepreneurs seeking to grow or start their business. The winning entry will receive $10,000 from Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. To enter, contestants must create a video that must be a minimum of one minute, but not exceeding three minutes, outlining what accessing capital could do for their business. Entrants can upload their video at www.AccesstoCapital.com/GrowingChicago.
ABOUT: The Growing Chicago: $10K Business Plan Pitch Contest is open to all Illinois residents seeking to start or expand a business in the United States. At time of entry, participants must be physically located in the State of Illinois, 18 years of age or older, and must create and submit a business plan through the online video platform, Votigo. For more information, go to http://accesstocapital.com/growingchicago/rules/.
Once online voting concludes, the top five entries with the most votes will move on to present their video and business plan at the Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet Event where the attendees of the event will choose the winner.
In conjunction with the contest, all top five entries will be eligible but not required to be featured on Seed Chicago’s Kickstarter page to launch their own crowdfunding campaign. Seed Chicago was developed by World Business Chicago as an initiative of Mayor Emanuel’s Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs by way of assessing and expanding Chicago’s economy through curating local crowdfunding campaigns via the Kickstarter platform. Contestants who would like to start their Kickstarter campaign following the contest must register through the Kickstarter platform in order to qualify to be a part of an upcoming Seed Chicago page at www.kickstarter.com/seedchicago. This is not required for entry into the Growing Chicago: $10K Business Plan Pitch Contest. For more information on Seed Chicago, please visit http://www.worldbusinesschicago.com/seed-chicago.
WHERE: The contest is just one element of the company’s upcoming Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet Event in Chicago, taking place on May 22nd from 8:00AM to 5:00PM at Navy Pier. The upcoming one-day Chicago Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet event is focused on helping small businesses gain access to capital and credit by demystifying the process and providing education, prompting preparation, and connecting businesses to a broad range of lenders. The event is comprised of two main areas – the “town hall” area where speakers, spotlight series, and panels ranging from topics on traditional bank lending to crowdfunding will take place – and the “financial district” area where small business owners can meet one-on-one with various lenders from more than 15 financial institutions, as well as business and local resources. Key sponsors for the Chicago event include Bank of America, Microsoft, TransUnion, AEO, LegalZoom, and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. Registration for the event is available at www.AccesstoCapital.com.
WHEN: All entry videos will be hosted on the Growing Chicago contest page, with online voting open until May 17th, 2013 at 11:00PM PT. The winning entry will be awarded the $10,000 prize at the Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet event on May 22nd.
CONTACT: For more information or to cover the event, please contact Lauren Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-919-2230.
About Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.
Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. is the leading provider of credit building and credibility solutions for businesses. The company helps businesses establish their credit with a D&B D-U-N-S Number and provides the only business credit solution available to companies looking to build, monitor, and impact their business credit and credibility. The company’s headquarters are in Los Angeles, CA with offices throughout the United States. For more information on the company, please visit www.DandB.com or follow the company on Twitter via @DandB.