Win $75K+ in cash & services at Springfield Hustles

The Springfield business community has joined forces for Springfield Hustles, a business plan and pitch competition with a grand prize of $75K+ in cash and services to infuse into your startup.

The Shark Tank-style competition will be held Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7pm at the new COhatch Marketplace, located in the revitalized Historic Myer’s Market Building, 101 S Fountain Ave., Springfield.

Included in the grand prize — worth $76,350 total — is $5K in startup capital from SpringForward, $5K in startup capital from entrepreneur & angel investor Blake Shaffer and a three-year, and a $5K City of Springfield micro loan from The Small Business Development Center; a one-year membership to COhatch; branding and logo services from Hucklebuck Design Studio; website development from Launch Runner; tax/accounting and outsourced CFO services from LWS tax and Accounting; legal consultation from The Stuckey Firm; radio advertising from iHeart Media; social media marketing from Shift•ology; video services from Champion City Media; photography services from Hatch New Media; printing from Box King; signage from MacRay; and a one-year membership in the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

Applicants with the top eight business plans will be tapped to pitch live in November. Apply by Friday, Aug. 16 & submit your final business plan by Friday, Oct. 18. Pitching entrepreneurs will be notified by Friday, Oct. 25. They’ll have 10 minutes to pitch on Nov. 6.

Only new business concepts and startups that have been in business less than three years are eligible. Ventures must be headquartered in Springfield — entrepreneurs operating outside Springfield are welcome to apply, but must be willing to relocate company HQ to Springfield. Ventures must be for-profit, and one owner must be at least 18 years old. Applicants must also see a business coach from the Springfield Small Business Development Center before submitting their final business plan.

For full rules and more info, visit https://springfieldhustles.com/.

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