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Cortland County Local Business Idea Competition

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Do you have a great idea for a new product or business? Have you ever wanted a chance to bring that idea to life? The Cortland Downtown Partnership, 40Below Cortland and SUNY Cortland’s Center for Economic Education are encouraging all Cortland County High School and College students to submit a one-page essay to the New York’s Creative Core Business Idea Competition for a chance to win $5,000 for themselves and an additional $1,000 for their institution. Online submissions must be made by the close of business on Friday, February 17. 5K Local Business Idea Competition application

To be eligible for the 40Below Cortland presents: Cortland County Local Business Idea Competition simply forward the Creative Core email verification of your submission to the 5K competition along with a copy of your one thousand word Business Idea to We are looking for a business idea that is innovative, feasible, unique and practical. A 1,000 word essay could start your entrepreneurial career winning $1,000 from the Cortland County Competition and $5,000 from NY Creative Core! The $1,000 local award is made by the Cortland Downtown Partnership on behalf of the Cortland County economic development community for the most outstanding concept.

The top local submissions will be invited to display their new product or business idea in digital format at the Cortland Downtown Partnership office in the Main Street SUNY Cortland facility at 9 Main Street in Historic Downtown Cortland. The best local concept as judged by local developers will win $1,000!

One thousand words could start your entrepreneurial career with $7,000 in total cash awards available. Remember teachers, professors and students the deadline is February 17 with no extensions!

Contact Adam Megivern of the Cortland Downtown Partnership at 607.753.4928 with any questions.

The 2012 Cortland County local Business Idea Competitions is a part of programming that is being developed for the Cortland Downtown Partnership’s Business Innovation Center. The purpose of the Business Innovation Center is to cultivate an environment in Cortland County conducive to the creation of new innovative businesses that will attract and retain young professionals.