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Local entrepreneurs have a chance to compete for funding, free space and mentoring through the Small Business Investment Forum (SBIF) business plan competition.

The competition consists of two rounds, with Round One being the review of each applicant's business plan by a panel of judges. Round Two of the competition begins after the judges select the best business plans. Those selected will appear for an oral presentation. Judges will then select final winners and mentor them over the next year.

The latest SBIF winner, G2 Auto, LLC, used their award to purchase much needed equipment for their auto sales business. Co-owners Fred Wooden and Brad Hughes indicated "The SBIF contribution and mentorship gave us the backing to build our services and, ultimately, helped us to make a capital expansion."

2012 winner, Sharon Sleeper of Mollies Originals, stated "The sound business advice, financial backing, and training opportunities offered by SBIF have helped our business grow exponentially." Mollies Originals has secured local and state contracts.

Casting Logos Direct was also a past awardee and now has 16 employees and has completed a capital and service expansion.

Since its launch in 2008, the SBIF has awarded 16 businesses over $73,000.

Interested applicants must be located in Martinsville or Henry County and be a for-profit start-up or a business in operation less than three years as of the application deadline, October 17th.

All submissions should include (at the very least):

These documents will need to be submitted by clicking here to be officially entered into the competition. All documents are required to be submitted online only.

Template examples are available below:


G2 Auto

2013 SBIF winner G2 Auto received  a $5,000 SBIF grant to help their new business buy equipment. They also received free training and mentoring that was valuable in purchasing another car lot.