March 15, 2014 – LAN Systems announced that it will be a platinum sponsor for the Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett fifth annual Amazing Entrepreneur Contest. The contest is in collaboration with The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and recognizes the best business plan summary in two categories – Established Business and Pre-Venture – will award more than $17,000 in cash and prizes to Gwinnett County startups.
“Gwinnett entrepreneurs make significant contributions to our community and as we enter our fifth year, we’re expecting more of them than ever to participate in the Contest and start to engage with the great support services in the region,” stated Mark Farmer, Director for Entrepreneurship for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett.
In addition to the $10,000 cash award, the Grand Prize winner will also receive consultation with Arnall Golden Gregory ($3,000 value), a one-year Gwinnett Chamber membership ($500 minimum value), passes to attend the Chamber’s Small Business ($120 value), and a scholarship to the SBDC Grow Smart program ($985 value), among other prizes.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the source of job creation for hard-working people in this community,” stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “With the right tools, these businesses and entrepreneurs will drive innovation. The Amazing Entrepreneur Contest provides just the support that startups need and encourages small business development throughout our community.”
The University of Georgia SBDC has partnered with Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett to host this contest since its inception in 2010. “The Amazing Entrepreneur Contest is such an impactful way of celebrating Gwinnett’s small business community and offering essential business development resources at the same time,” commented said Mark Butler, Area Director at The University of Georgia SBDC. “We are pleased to be a partner of this awards program for the fifth year and we’re excited to see the growth in local small business and entrepreneurship.”
The winner of the Pre-Venture category will receive a scholarship to the SBDC Start Smart program ($495 value) and accounting services from John Dillard, CPA ($300 value). All contestants receive a free Business Plan class at the SBDC.
New this year is an Amazing Entrepreneur reception, where attendees will get the chance to vote in a new special Pre-Venture category, for the Best Investment Opportunity. The winner will receive one pass to attend the Gwinnett Chamber’s Small Business Summit ($59 value).
The Amazing Entrepreneur Contest platinum sponsors are Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (Jackson EMC), LAN Systems and The Myers Group and Silver sponsors are Creative Contacting and Metro Atlanta Chamber.
“LAN Systems is delighted to sponsor the contest for the second year in a row,” said Mary Hester, LAN Systems CEO. “We are an entrepreneurial company and offer our support to others that want to live their dream and grow their business.”
For more information on the Amazing Entrepreneur Contest, please visit www.amazingentrepreneurcontest.com.
For more information on Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development’s small business and entrepreneurial efforts, please visit www.gwinnettentrepreneur.com. To receive updates and reminders on Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development’s small business and entrepreneurial efforts, click here.
About LAN Systems
LAN Systems is a leading Atlanta Computer Support company that provides people-focused IT solutions. As technology experts, LAN Systems helps companies make the most of their existing IT investment and choose the right solutions to fuel growth. LAN Systems is a leading provider of IT Solutions for growing businesses in the Metro Atlanta. For more information, visit: www.lansystems.com
Contact: Lauren VanBuskirk, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Tel: 770 662-0312