Eight Entrepreneurs Competing for $10,000 Grant
Eight aspiring entrepreneurs are vying for a $10,000 prize to help start up new businesses. About 15 people submitted applications for the North Central Iowa's Open for Business Challenge, which is sponsored by the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and North Central Iowa Small Business Development Center. Applicants had until April 12 to submit an original idea for a new area business. Randy Kuhlman, CEO of the Fort Dodge Community Foundation, says 8 finalists were chosen from the pool of canidates, and will each give 15-minute verbal presentations to a panel of judges on Friday. As many as two winners will be selected for the $10,000 prize on May 22. The $10,000 prize is a grant donated by Comfort Inn owner Peresh Bhatt.