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Scale Up North Awards Applications Due by February 18
Traverse Connect’s annual Scale Up North Awards acknowledge the vibrant and varied companies doing business “up north”. The Awards seek to elevate businesses in the technology, manufacturing, creative, and traded industries that are emerging, growing, and making a positive impact on the Grand Traverse Region by creating year-round jobs, attracting talent, and driving economic growth. Whether you applied last year, got through to the final rounds, or this is the first time you’ve heard of the awards – your business is encouraged to apply to participate (www.traverseconnect.com/sun).
The deadline to apply is next Friday February 18 at 11:59pm. You can find the application form, view the 2021 prize packages, a summary and video of last year’s winners, and info about the judges here. It takes about 30 minutes to complete the application. There are two award categories:
EMERGING BUSINESS AWARD: Supports new businesses in the startup phases of growth, with eligibility criteria of less than five years in business and at least three full-time employees. Prize Package includes $2500 cash, plus in-kind services and advertising valued at $23K.
HAGERTY SCALING BUSINESS AWARD: Recognizes existing scaling businesses with demonstrated growth, with eligibility criteria of more than five years in business, revenue in 2021 greater than or equal to $500,000, and up to 150 full-time employees. Prize Package includes $5000 cash, plus in-kind services and advertising valued at $41K.