Providing resources for communities and entrepreneurs to create and retain jobs in Antrim, Charlevoix & Cheboygan Counties.

Business Model Competition

November 6, 2019  | Cheboygan Opera House

Doors Open at 5:00pm | Event Starts at 5:30pm



In partnership with City of Cheboygan, Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce, Indian River Chamber of Commerce, Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce, Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), Small Business Development Centers of Michigan (SBDC)

Special Thanks to our Local Sponsors: 

  • mBank
  • Encore Financial
  • Awakon Federal Credit Union
  • Straits Area Federal Credit Union
  • Calcite Credit Union
  • First Community Bank

Application Information

Invest Cheboygan County applicants must own a business in Cheboygan County and be startups or new businesses of two years old or less.
Download and fill out the application electronically: Invest Cheboygan County General Application 2019
Please submit applications to Deadline to submit is midnight of October 15, 2019

Event Information

Come and cheer on Cheboygan County businesses at the Invest Cheboygan County business model competition!
Watch entrepreneurs vie for their share of over $20k in startup funds and chance to compete at the finale Grand Event to win additional startup capital.
Admission into the event is free. Seating is first come first served.
Polish up your business plan! All Cheboygan County entrepreneurs and new businesses two years old or less are invited to apply to compete for over $20,000 in startup capital toward their business and a chance to advance to the finale competition, Grand Event, to compete for more startup funds.

Competitors will receive business counseling from professionals to help in preparing a 4-minute business pitch for the panel of judges on the night of the competition. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be awarded as well as an audience selected People‚Äôs Choice Award.
There will be time for competing businesses to network and make connections with other business professionals and angel investors in the audience. 

2018 Invest Cheboygan County Winners:

1st Place-$10,000 & People’s Choice-$500  Brenna St. Clair of Ellie’s Place

2nd Place-$5,000  Jennifer Robydek of Nautical North Family Adventures

3rd Place-$2,500  Marcella Costin of Stormy Kromer by Simply Marcella

Invest Cheboygan County 1st Place & People's Choice - Ellie's Place

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