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Deadline for Start-Up Port Hawkesbury closing soon

Round one for a local contest for entrepreneurs is soon coming to a close.

Misty MacDonald, Economic Development Officer, Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network (ESREN), says Start-Up Port Hawkesbury provides entrepreneurs with some assistance in starting their own business within the town.

She says they're trying to encourage people to have an entrepreneurial mindset with the "Dragon's Den-style contest."

MacDonald tells The Hawk the winner will have a big package coming their way.

"One winner wins two years' worth of free rent within the town," she says, "up to $20-thousand in financing, free legal services, one year membership to the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce."

MacDonald says your 90 second video pitch should include your idea, your market and why the idea will work.

Port Hawkesbury Mayor, Brenda Chisholm Beaton says it's a great way to show the community that owning a business can mean various things.

She says it can be your own two hands, services, what you went to school for, among others ideas.

Chisholm Beaton says the contest helps make it easier to grow your business.

"It takes some risks out of the prospect of opening your own business with a lot of the perks that are involved in this contest," she says. "Really, there's no reason to not put a pitch in."

Chisholm Beaton says this is an opportunity to grow a "start-up culture" within the town and learn what it's like to be your own boss.

Pitches are to be submitted by midnight Friday.

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