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"Entrepreneurs' Cafe" competition welcomes small business ideas


LEWISBURG, W. Va (WVVA)-- Small businesses in Greenbrier County have a chance to get up off the ground.

The Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce is partnering with a group called "Vision Shared" to bring an Entrepreneurs Cafe to the Greenbrier Valley.

It's a business pitch competition with a twist-- the community gets to pick the winner.

Community members are invited to a dinner on February 26, and participants will pitch their business plan there.

A ticket to the event gets a person the ability to vote for their favorite idea, and whoever gets the most votes will win at least $500 to start working on making that idea a reality.

The Chamber is calling for anyone with an idea for a small business, or wanting their existing business to grow, to sign up to compete. They will also welcome more sponsors to add to the pot of money the winner will receive.

Katie Ickes, the Chamber's Executive Director, said it's all about helping entrepreneurship thrive in the area.

"the sky is the limit with what you perceive as a need," she said.  "You just need to pitch it and influence the audience to vote for you."

Ickes said the event will help the community grow, and support those who want to achieve their dreams.

"The more people that we can spark to develop new ideas... I mean, that's the American Dream, to turn your ideas into a profitable business. And it benefits all of us," she said.

For more information, you can click this link.

Applications will be accepted until Monday, said Ickes.

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