This award was created to recognize outstanding business plans for start-up or newly formed businesses in our area. The purpose of this award is to raise awareness of the importance of a detailed business plan to the future success of a new business.

This competition is open to businesses located in Camden, Dallas, Hickory, Laclede, Miller, Morgan or Pulaski counties, and that have been in existence for two years or less, or for businesses that are just in the start-up phase.

Business plans will be evaluated independently by a panel of judges. The judges will select the top plans, and then meet with those applicants for a face-to-face interview. The person submitting the best business plan will receive a $1,500 cash award and over $1,500 in print and radio ads; second place will receive a $500 award. Awards will be presented at a recognition luncheon on October 16, 2015. All plans will be kept in strict confidence.


You may enter either the Phase 1 or the Phase 2 contest!