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Southeast Business Plan Competition

The Colorado Springs Business Journal and the Colorado Springs Independent want to help you make your dreams of business ownership come true. Tell us your ideas — detailed business plans or back-of-napkin dreaming — and we’ll have a team of entrepreneurs and business experts choose a winner. And then, we’ll set you up with a team of professionals who will work with you in your first year: accountants, lawyers, business consultants, bankers, Realtors.

Rules of the Road:
Must be headquartered in the 80910 or 80916 zip codes.
Must be new businesses ( less than two years old).
No franchises, medical marijuana, adult shops, nonprofits or multilevel marketing companies are allowed.
Expansions are allowed if the headquarters are in Southeast Colorado Springs.
Must obtain license and DBA in six months and then open the doors within six months.
Must be a legal resident of the U.S.

Go here to fill out the application and explain your idea.

Please note: Family members and staff of Colorado Publishing House employees are not eligible.



  1. jim ciletti

    I nominate Mary Ciletti of Hooked on Books for opening a second store to provide the community with greater resources for literature and supporting writing workshops, author signings and poetry readings. Mary also supports numerous non-profit cultural resources, such as the ABE, Friends of the PPLD and CASA, and donates thousands of books.

    • CSBJ Web Admin


      Thanks for your interest! You’ll need to download the nomination form and send it in to nominate Mary. Thanks!

  2. Courtney Stone

    Am I missing information on how many reference letters you’d like? Or are you leaving that open to those nominating?

    • CSBJ Web Admin

      CJ, Sorry about that. We had it set to only accept the old .doc files. It has been altered so you can upload the .docx files.

      If you try again, it should work!

      Sorry for the inconvenience.

  3. Haley

    how do I get to the nomination form for the Women of Influence? I can see the past winners but need the nomination form.