Citi Business Plan Competition

With more than 1 million military
members expected to transition out of service over the next few years, close to
one in five will step out on their own as small business owners. Veteran-owned small businesses will impact 3 to 5 million people, creating jobs for veterans while
supporting hundreds of thousands of families and their communities. Running
your own business takes nerve and you’ve got it. We know that you, the men and
women who have served our country, have the tenacity, commitment, and skills it
takes to turn ideas into action. That’s why Citi Salutes is proud to host the
Realizing Your Dream business competition, in collaboration with the
Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Boots to Business and VWISE.
In January 2014 a panel of Realizing Your Dream judges will select the 12
best business plans submitted by graduates of the Boots to Business and
VWISE programs. That’s a chance to win your share of 130 thousand dollars in
prizes to start or grow your business. Together we are committed to fostering
veteran entrepreneurship in America and are proud to offer the tools, resources,
strong networks, and access to capital in support of veterans and their families
to become successful business owners. Whether your dream is to open up your
own trucking company, or neighborhood bakery we will serve and guide you to
answer the call of business, because we believe there is no better way to thank
those who have served our country then to empower them to realize the American
dream of owning their own business. The next mission is yours, let’s make it
happen! Enter the realizing your dream business competition by November 8, 2013 for a chance to win up to $25,000 to launch or glow your venture. Number 1, complete the Boots to Business or VWISE training program,
funded by the Small Business Administration and administered by the IVMF. Number 2, write your business plan. In addition to the resources and technical
assistance they provide, IVMF will be hosting virtual business plan workshops
to help make your proposal the best it can be. Number 3, submit your business
plan through your program’s website. You’ve gotten this far, we’re with you the
rest of the way–let’s take care of business. Your future is here.

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