The 2016 Metro East Start Up Challenge is now taking entries.  The challenge is entering its third year of giving local entrepreneurs a vehicle with which to try and grow their company.  The contest is organized by the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center.

Metro East SBDC Interim Director Jo Ann DiMaggio May tells The Big Z they are looking for a variety of entries, from the standard to the unique.

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For more information on the 2016 Challenge or to initiate the application process, go to The entry deadline is Friday, September 9. Semi-finalists will be announced Friday, September 16, with finalists notified on Friday, October 21.  The Challenge will announce its cash prizewinners on Friday, November 4.

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