I think many of us have dreamed of owning our own successful business. Think about it, being your own boss, being able to hire your choice of some great people, and the gratification of being a local entrepreneur. It would be so amazing, huh?

Well the city of Lansing is launching a startup competition for folks looking to start a new business. One of the prizes is a year of free rent says fox47news.com.

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Mayor Andy Schor says the pandemic from the last year has been terrible on local businesses. So that inspired the city to organize the Lansing Built to Last competition.  This is so amazing, and such a great idea. Something every city in the country should be doing. Covid-19 has really hit Downtown Lansing hard. I have lived down there since September and it has been a ghost town some nights the last 4 months. Here's what Fox47 has to say about the initiative:

More than 20 mid-Michigan companies and organizations are sponsoring the initiative, which will provide a full year of resources and support to the winner including a year of free rent in a suite downtown on South Washington Square, discounted electricity and water courtesy of the Lansing Board of Water and Light and complementary IT support from Dewpoint.

So here is the deal, all pitches must contribute to the economic development of downtown Lansing. All applicants need to also have an “emergency-resistant” strategy in place to make sure their business will survive in another bad circumstance.

An online form of business proposals is due March 14th for the first step of the competition. Good luck!

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