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‘What’s the Big Idea’ biz competition is back

The Knoxville Chamber’s “What’s the Big Idea” business plan
competition is back and this year it comes with  a dose of reality television.

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Borrowing an element from the hit TV show “The Voice” – a group
of successful entrepreneurs will coach contestants who make the semifinal
round.

Applications for the contest are now being accepted. Inventors,
entrepreneurs and anyone else with a “big idea” can click here to apply online at the chamber website.

The deadline to apply is April 8. The competition is
sponsored by the chamber, the Development Corporation of Knox County and Tech
2020.

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Agreement to benefit Hispanic Chamber of East Tennessee

Members of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee now have a new resource to help them grow.

VelazquezLuis.jpg.jpgThe Hispanic Chamber on Tuesday signed an inter-chamber agreement with the Tennessee Small Business Development Centers that will provide Hispanic business owners free advice on developing a business plan, loans, taxes and other business matters.

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Biz plan winners are ….

An e-mail services company, a product to protect climbing shoes and a business aimed at robot enthusiasts were the top winners in The Development Corporation of Knox County’s second annual Start-up Business Plan Competition.

Business plans were evaluated on “on commercial potential, innovation, feasibility, and on their ability to pitch their business plans at a public forum,” according to a press release.

News Sentinel columnist Carly Harrington profiles the top award winner here.

The winners are:

First Place: Streamline Group, first and only business source for electronic mailing with integrated billing and direct pay solutions and services

First Runner-Up: Boulder Booties, product to protect the specialized climbing shoes worn while rock climbing

Second Runner-Up: Knoxville Robots, retail, training, and public meeting facility for robot enthusiasts, engineers, inventors, and educators

More information on the competition can be found here.