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Attention entrepreneurs,

Startup Junkie Consulting, in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, is excited to announce the launch of the "InnovateHER: 2015 Innovating for Women Business Challenge Business Competition" for up to $30,000 in prize money.

The SBA is looking for innovative products and services that help impact and empower women’s lives as they navigate the challenges of a changing work and family life.

Of specific interest are products or services that have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families, have the potential for commercialization and fill a need in the marketplace.

The local competition for this challenge will take place Friday, March 27 at 6 pm. at 1 East Center St, 2nd Floor, Fayetteville, AR (above Bouchée Bistro on the Fayetteville square.)

If you think your business, product or service fits the criteria and want to compete, please submit by March 20th a business plan and a short description of why your company should be considered to: haley@startupjunkieconsulting.com

We will select 3-5 companies to pitch a ten-minute presentation on Friday, March 27th to our panel of judges and attendees. The public is invited to attend this competition.

Winners of the regional competition will be submitted to the SBA for a chance to present in Washington, D.C. during National Small Business Week, May 4-8, where they will pitch to a panel of judges and compete for up to $30,000 in prize money! This opportunity also provides businesses with exposure on a national level.


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