Make-mine a million M3 competition-June 14th an 15th

7 May

Ladies! If you are looking for a way to grow your business with the help of some of the best experts around, you might want to check out the “Make mine a million” program from Count me in.

“Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence is the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources, business education and community support for women entrepreneurs seeking to grow micro businesses to million dollar enterprises. Make Mine a Million $ Business is a program of Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence — and founding partner, OPEN from American Express®. Count Me In introduced the Make Mine a Million $ Business to help women entrepreneurs grow and build sustainable enterprises, create jobs and develop innovative products and services. The M3 Award provides a combination of coaching, financing and marketing tools that will help you take your business from micro to millions”.

About the competition: The next Make Mine a Million $ Business Competition will be held in Newark, New Jersey on June 14 and 15, 2010 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Eligibility The company must be at least 50% owned by at least one woman who is a U.S. citizen or legal resident. The business should be at least two years old and have annual revenues of at least $200,000. The company’s product or services should have (in the judges’ opinion) the growth potential to achieve $1 million or more in annual revenues within two years. The owner(s) should have four or more years of relevant industry experience. The business must show a reasonable debt-to-equity ratio (in the subjective discretion of the judges) including the capacity to assume additional debt. The owner has a personal credit history which is satisfactory to the judges.

All Applicants who are selected as Finalists must attend the Event at their own expense and be willing to participate in the coaching program, related public relations events, and promotions for the Make Mine a Million $ Business program and its Sponsors and other partners. In some cases applicants may be asked to change the event/location to which they have applied. You will be notified by Count Me In if this occurs.

Award Business coaching from Count Me In’s coaching partner, The Coach Connection
Count Me In’s Capital Concierge Service – personalized assistance from Count Me In experts who will help you prepare your financials to pursue financing through SBA lenders, plus access to American Express Platinum Card for selected Awardees
Press coverage for you and your business from American Express OPEN through local and national television, newspapers, magazines, radio and blogs
Business Membership to a Sam’s Club near you, providing great discounts and services including access to health insurance and health care, merchant credit card processing solutions, and marketing and website management , for one year.
Membership in WIPP, a bipartisan public policy organization, will help you identify the issues that affect your bottom line and provide assistance obtaining federal contracts, capital, technology and energy opportunities.
Discounts on select shipping and office and print services from FedEx
Opportunities to reach new national markets with partners like their Founding Sponsor American Express OPEN, plus Dell, FedEx and Sam’s Club and more.
Membership in an exclusive network of Make Mine a Million $ Business Awardees, a group of successful entrepreneurs and no-nonsense experts dedicated to answering your questions and helping you grow on a daily basis.

Application Deadline The deadline for applications is May 15th, so you may want to apply now at http://www.makemineamillion.org/competition/step1.

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