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Someone Pinch Me: $10K For a Business Plan From StartRight!

by Shonali Burke on March 1, 2010

A sucker remembers

Before I moved to the DC area, I lived and worked out of the San Francisco Bay Area. In those days, I was a sucker for Publisher’s Clearing House.

Remember how you had to cut out the little tickets, scratch away to see if you had the winning number – which of course you didn’t, and then paste said tickets onto their form and mail it in to see if you won a gazillion dollars?

And of course, you didn’t, but once you mailed the first one in, you got another form, so you went through the whole thing again. And again. And again.

I remember meeting someone from their PR department who assured me people actually won money doing this. So perhaps it was just me.

No suckers here

With REDI’s (Rockville Economic Development, Inc.) StartRight! though, it seems women entrepreneurs in the DC/MD/VA area actually stand a realistic chance of winning some decent cash to move your business along. Essentially what you have to do is write a solid business plan.

Yup, that’s it. But they’re serious about “solid.” Get more info and the rules here.

Executive summaries are due March 26, and final plans have to be postmarked by March 31, 2010. More information here (please check it out because we’re just passing the info along, so make sure you have the 4-1-1 right).

I’d get to it, if I were you. And do tell them Women Grow Business sent you.

Need help in getting cracking? Look these up:

Image: Sam Agnew, Creative Commons

Headshot-ShonaliShonali Burke is editor of Women Grow Business and one of the country’s leading business communicators, who was named to PRWeek’s inaugural top “40 Under 40″ list of US-based PR professionals. She specializes in creating and implementing integrated (online and off), results-based, measurable communication programs for clients both large and small at Shonali Burke Consulting. An accredited business communicator, she is also Adjunct Faculty at Johns Hopkins University’s M.A. in Communications program and active in the local communications community as President of IABC/Washington. Talk to her via her blog, Waxing UnLyrical or Twitter.

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