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2017 Business Plan Competition

The Children's Board of Hillsborough County, in partnership with the Nonprofit Leadership Center, announces the 12th Annual Business Plan Competition. The competition is designed to encourage and support social entrepreneurial ventures by Hillsborough County nonprofit organizations that result in an earned income business strategy. 

$25,000 – First Place
$15,000 – Second Place

For eligibility criteria and program dates, please see below. 

For more information, contact: Shelton K. Gilyard, Project Manager, or 813-204-1728.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be a nonprofit organization headquartered or doing substantial related business in Hillsborough County serving children and families;
  • The business venture may be for a non-profit subsidiary, a for-profit subsidiary or a program of your non-profit organization. Your organization may submit only one business plan to the competition, even if your parent non-profit organization operates more than one business venture.
  • Individuals are not eligible to enter the competition.
  • The Business Plan must be for a new earned income venture or an earned income venture that has been in operation for less than 24 months as of January 1, 2017.
  • Business plans must be for an earned income venture such as, but not limited to, the following:
  • Service-related (fee for service)
  • Product-related (manufacturing and/or sales)
  • Renting or leasing property
  • Previous Innovative Business Plan award winners from 2015 & 2016 may not enter the competition.


2017 Business Plan Program Calendar

Information Workshop





May 3, 2017

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Children’s Board

1002 E. Palm Avenue


Letters of Intent





June 1, 2017

4:00 PM

Shelton K. Gilyard, Project Manager at


Business Plan Training Sessions

A series of three (3) training sessions will provide participants information about social enterprise and business plan development. These sessions are not mandatory, but are offered to assist participants new to social enterprise or interested in additional training to develop a business plan. Individuals participating in the sessions will be offered technical assistance from the Nonprofit Leadership Center in the development of your organization’s business plan. All sessions will be held at the Children’s Board.


Session 1

Friday, June 2, 2017

9:00 AM – Noon

Description of Business Plan

Industry & Market Analysis

Financial Plan

Return on Investment

Session 2

Friday, June 16, 2017

9:00 AM – Noon

Marketing Plan Summary

Management Plan Summary

Operational Plan Summary

Session 3

Thursday, July 20, 2017

9:00 AM – Noon

Business Goals & Objectives

Packaging Your Plan

Feedback on Business Plan and Coaching

Deadline for Business Plan Submission


4:00 PM, Friday, August 4, 2017

Delivered by US Mail, Courier (local, FedEx, UPS, etc.), or hand delivered to:

Children’s Board of Hillsborough County

1002 E. Palm Avenue

Tampa, Florida 33605

Attn: Shelton K. Gilyard, Project Manager


Initial Review of Business Plans

Week of August 7, 2017

Presentations by Finalists

Week of August 28, 2017

Announcement of Winners

Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 3:00 PM

During the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County Board Meeting

1401 N. Westshore Blvd., Suite 101, Tampa, FL 33607
P: (813) 287-8779 | F: (813) 287-8749 |

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