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At Century Business Challenge our goal is to help you become a better entrepreneur, whether you win the prize or not. Once you submit your application, we have several resources available to help you.

In order to help contestants prepare for success, we are partnering with the Studer Institute, the University of West Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and the University of West Florida Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development.

In addition to the resources below, email Allison Tyler at atyler1@uwf.edu for additional assistance and information.

Studer Institute

The Studer Institute is a not-for-profit organization that highlights important issues in the community and works towards innovative solutions. As agents of truth, we empower citizens with intellectual awareness and insightful understanding – paving the way for a new level of accountability across our community.

UWF Small Business Development Center

This non-profit center works with prospective and existing small businesses to help them grow and prosper. The SBDC assists businesses across Northwest Florida with the technical, strategic, and practical parts of business startup and development.

We have arranged for the SBDC to participate in the Challenge by providing their educational materials, including business plan templates and online workbooks, to each applicant. As part of your $40 application fee you will be provided with a business planning software package (valued at $90) to help you in the process of developing your business plan. The SBDC will also host three seminars in April for contestants focusing on writing a business plan, doing market research, and basic financial statements and accounting. Details to follow.

In addition, the SBDC will offer one-on-one advice and consulting at no charge to each contestant. In other words, you will have a professional mentor “assigned” to you for the purpose of helping you create your business plan for submission. This is an incredible offer and a generous benefit to contestants, and we hope you will take advantage of their expertise.

UWF Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development

The Haas Center is a research and consulting arm of the University of West Florida that engages in applied research and strategy development in economics and across the social sciences. The Haas Center has played a prominent role in economic development efforts across the Northwest Florida Region and around the state for the past two decades.

The Haas Center is responsible for completing an economic development strategic plan for the Town of Century and recently reached an agreement for the Haas Center to provide economic development coordination services for the Town.

In addition to the strategic plan, participants have access to:

  • SWOT Analysis
  • Regional Market Analysis
  • Local and Regional Market Analysis
  • Collection of input from local and regional stakeholders
  • Economic-Demographic Profile

If you have any additional questions about the Challenge or the resources available to you contact us today.


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