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Welcome!

Business owners please use the entry form below to submit your business for the program. If you are someone who wants to nominate your favorite business, fantastic, please share this page with them.

There will be four application rounds:

  • Round 1 ending February 28, 2021
  • Round 2 ending March 31, 2021
  • Round 3 ending April 30, 2021
  • Round 4 ending May 31, 2021

After your application has been received, members of the SBDC team will reach out to confirm eligibility, discuss program details, guidelines/expectations, and answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you keep your small business dreams alive!

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Selection Criteria at a Glance:

Criteria for small business makeover contest

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Impacted by Covid19 and the current economic environment. Written description of the impact is reviewed by the Selection Committee.

small business guideline for contest

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Small business with up to $15MM in annual revenues and/or under 500 employees.

Yavapai Small Business Contest

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Domiciled in Yavapai County, not a subsidiary or a branch.

Business requirement for SBM contest

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In business for at least three years.

guidelines for small business makeover contest

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Has not received ongoing coaching in the last 5 years from the Yavapai College SBDC.
Businesses that received only federal disaster help from the SBDC in 2020 are eligible to apply.
Makeover of a lifetime contest guidelines

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If one of the 4 Makeover of a Lifetime businesses, must be willing to participate in the videography.

Yavapai small business Guideline

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Business owner and the leadership team must be open minded and willing try new methods, technology, implement changes based on recommendations of the Small Business Makeover business experts. The business must also follow-through on the work agreed upon with the Small Business Makeover team.

Small Business Makeover Guidelines

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The business and/or the business owner must not be involved in legal proceedings.

Are you a start up?

If you are considering launching a new business, or have just started your business, the SBDC can help you with your business plans. Register for an initial consultation at the link below. An SBDC analyst will reach out to you to schedule an appointment to discuss your business needs.

In business less than 3 years?

If you are past the start-up phase (congratulations!!!) and in business less than three years, the SBDC can help you manage and grow your business. Register for an initial consultation at the link below. An SBDC analyst will reach out to you to schedule an appointment to discuss your business needs.

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SBDC was instrumental

“The SBDC was instrumental at the outset by offering guidance in the development of a business plan. Mike Seibert provided us with practical examples of plans and helped us “tweak” them to suit our specific structure and goals. Following discussions with him, we were able to identify our ideal “target” customers and their priorities.” – Granite Mountain Stables: Jacque Gorman. Ed Sierman, Cameraon Macbeth

SBDC staff was helpful

“The SBDC staff has helped our company realize several remarkable goals, and we are grateful for their continued support of Superstition Meadery as we follow our mission, create new opportunities for our employees, and make a difference in our community.” – Superstition Meadery: Jen and Jeff Herbert

Extremely Grateful

“I cannot say enough good things about my SBDC counselors, Jeri Denniston and Ruth Ellen Elinski. They have bent over backwards to assist me in small tasks up to what seemed insurmountable to me. They reach out and remind me if I am falling behind in where I should be for the growth of the business. They are always willing to do research on topics I find myself overwhelmed by and without the time to investigate. They are always professional and concerned. I have found them incredible approachable, supportive and excited for the success of my business. I am extremely grateful for their mentorship.” – LaserGirl Skincare LLC, 2020 SBDC Success Award Winner: Anita Marcus