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Aspiring entrepreneurs can receive help achieving their business goals and dreams by applying for the Northeastern Technical College Entrepreneurship Development Grant.
Established by Continuum Performance Systems, the grant is open to any student taking classes at NETC or an alumnus ready to pursue a business venture or further develop an existing business. Successful applicants will receive a seed money grant and hands-on guidance from business and marketing experts to help them achieve success and create jobs.
“We have many hardworking, intelligent people here who, if given the opportunity and guidance, could become successful small business owners,” said grant founder Brad Turley, owner of Continuum. “Small businesses have the staying power to grow our communities and create rewarding jobs.”
An application can be filled out and submitted online by going to NETC’s website: www.netc.edu. Applications are being accepted now through June 15.
Applicants will also submit an executive summary about their business. A sample executive summary is available on the application website.
“An executive summary describes your business concept or product and communicates what is unique about your idea,” NETC business instructor Ken Erby said. “The sample provided with the online grant application form clearly explains what details to include in your executive summary. Applicants should find this easy to complete if they have a clear idea for their business.”
Applicants must submit an executive summary in order to be considered for the grant.
The NETC Entrepreneurship Development Board will screen applications and select finalists who will be invited to present their ideas and business plans to the board.
The board will then use information gathered during the presentations to select the grant award recipients.
“Northeastern Technical College is excited to be a part of this venture for economic and community growth. The Entrepreneurship Development Fund will greatly benefit alumni and students of the College in achieving their dreams and business goals, as well as becoming contributing members of the community,” Dr. Ron Bartley, president of NETC, said.
Continuum established the NETC Entrepreneurship Development Fund when Turley wanted to “give back” a $25,000 grant he received from the State Department of Commerce to assist in the establishment of the Cheraw branch of his software company. He partnered with Northeastern Technical College to establish the NETC Entrepreneurship Development Fund to set the foundation for future entrepreneurs and business growth in Chesterfield, Marlboro and Dillon counties.
Continuum has pledged an additional $25,000 in matching funds to assist in the growth of the Entrepreneurship Development Fund for annual award opportunities.
“This is just the beginning of many success stories,” Bartley said. “I am issuing a challenge to other local businesses, groups and organizations to contribute to the grant fund and share in Continuum’s vision for creating successful entrepreneurs and increasing jobs in Chesterfield, Marlboro and Dillon counties.”