What is Start up Cecil?
A contest for teens. Display your creativity and learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Work with librarians and mentors from the local business community to create a business plan. Then, present your business plans to the judges and the public at the Start-Up Cecil Showcase.

What can I win?
1st Prize: $200 Visa card
2nd Prize: $100 Visa card
3rd Prize: $50 Visa card
Plus, all participants receive a Start-Up Cecil T-shirt and personalized business cards!

Who can enter?
Anyone between ages of 11-17.

How do I win?
Business Plan +Presentation= Winner!
The judges will choose the winners based on two criteria: your business plan and your presentation

When is the deadline?
Business plans must be submitted by 5 PM on Monday, July 15th to any CCPL branch or via email to sbic@ccplnet.org.

GUIDELINES

Your Presentation
Think Shark Tank!
Get creative!
Explain your business plan and ideas.
Use visual aids like PowerPoint, posters, or product examples.
Speak clearly and loudly.
Remember, your presentation and business plan will count equally.
Practice in front of friends and family to help with confidence!
***All PRESENTATIONS MUST BE 5 MINUTES OR LESS.

Your Business Plan
Read and answer all questions completely.
Use databases to support your answers and research your competition.
Ask mentors and librarians for help if you have a question.
***REMEMBER, ALL BUSINESS PLANS ARE DUE BY MONDAY, JULY 15TH @ 5 PM.

When are the Programs?
Session 1: Get Inspired!
MONDAY, JULY 1st @ 3:30 PM
Brainstorm your business idea and learn what it takes to win this year's Start-Up Cecil!

Session 2: Make it Happen!
MONDAY, JULY 8th @ 3:30 PM
Get help from the experts and write your business plan!

Session 3: Pitch and Promote!
MONDAY, JULY 15TH @ 3:30 PM
Get the tools you need to engage your audience, market your business, and impress the judges.

Start-Up Cecil Showcase
MONDAY, JULY 22nd @ 6:00 pm
Pitch your business idea to our panel of judges and find out the winner for this year's Start-Up Cecil. Invite your friends and family to come watch!

Get the Business Plan Here

Read the Brochure Here

Thanks to our sponsor, Columbia Bank.