Contest for Homeland Security grant opens

The Rock River Valley Entrepreneurship Center (RRVEC) and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) invite local companies and entrepreneurs to submit a homeland security business plan.

Protecting our country and its citizens continues to be a growth industry in the U.S., and as part of RRVEC/DCEO’s efforts to encourage creative, innovative business development in northern Illinois, a Homeland Security Business Plan Contest is being initiated.

In addition to their idea, participants are asked to submit parameters for their business plan, including job growth potential, ability to provide a capital match, proof of consent and/or actual sales history, and a probability of success.

Entries will be judged by the RRVEC awards committee, and a winner will be selected in late January. The successful business will receive up to a $10,000 matching award from the RRVEC, and be eligible for up to a $150,000 matching DCEO Homeland Security award.

Deadline for submission of business plans is Jan. 13.

For more details and a contest application, call Dan Cataldi, director of the RRVEC at (815) 921-2054, or visit the Center’s Web site at

From the Jan. 4-10, 2006, issue

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