I've been talking here and there about this business plan competition these last couple weeks after my first-round submission of a written 2-page summary of my business. After being accepted into the second round, I then had to submit my written business plan (which came out to be around 30 heavily detailed pages - aka: a LOT of work!). Thursday was the final round of the competition where it was narrowed down to 8 contestants to present their plans in 10-minute oral presentations. Held downtown at the Loosemore Auditorium on the beautiful Grand Valley campus, the nearly 5-hour event contained a fairly big crowd. Thanks a bunch to Adrienne, my sister Aubrey & her friend, my dude Garv, and long-time bud Jamie for coming out and supporting me for the entire competition! I wouldn't even had stayed that long if I didn't have to - so I GREATLY appreciate all of you giving me your support! Anyways, long story short, I got up on the stage and conducted my presentation & completed the Answer & Question round and overall felt absolutely great about my performances. To save you the anxious-excitement, I'll just tell you that the judges awarded me the 1st Place prize of $5K as well as numerous other perks and meetings with business experts. Never winning anything like this before, I was pumped to win a giant-sized check like you always see on game shows and what-not. The stupid thing is though that I have to now fill out a tax form and wait a couple weeks to actually obtain the winnings. Stupid taxes.
Here's a little cell-phone picture until the real ones are sent to me. Thanks Aubrey!