I hear from lots of folks kind of, sort of, maybe wishing, they could start their own business. To them I say, Just Start! There has never been a better time to start a business, period.
In fact, the folks at Intuit just made it an even better time to start a new venture with a national campaign aimed at helping aspiring entrepreneurs get into to business now. The highlight of the campaign is a $50,000 grant awarded to one lucky start-up.
Enter the â€œJust Startâ€ Contest
Aspiring business owners can enter the â€œJust Startâ€ contest by submitting a letter or video to www.IWillJustStart.com, or by visiting one of the local â€œJust Startâ€ events in four major cities. Entrants will describe their business dream, what they need to do to make it happen and how they would use Intuitâ€™s â€œJust Startâ€ business grant to get started.
Experience the â€œJust Startâ€ Feeling
Budding entrepreneurs can experience â€œJust Startâ€ in four busy commuter hubs across the country. At each â€œJust Startâ€ Lounge, they can enter the contest by sharing their business dreams on video. They can also draw inspiration from local entrepreneurs, obtain expert advice from local business experts and get a free copy of QuickBooks Simple Start.
- Seattle â€“ Oct. 24-25, Westlake Center.
- Chicago â€“ Nov. 1-2, Union Station. (I will be at this event, come by and say hi)
- New York â€“ Nov. 7-8, Grand Central Station.
- Boston â€“ Nov. 13-14, South Station.
Visit the I will just start page to get a feel for the types of entries. Scrolling through some of the video entries is a great way to get fired up about your dream.
The contest entries are due by December 15th and the winners will be announced in January 2008. I have been asked to judge the entries, along with Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends and Ramon Ray of Smallbiztechnology.com. We will review the submissions and select five semi-finalists. Those entries will be posted on the site in mid-January, when visitors can view and vote for their favorite.
I can’t be bribed so you must go to the site and just get your entry posted!