COOS BAY -- Bay Area Chamber of Commerce is once again looking for applications for its New Business Challenge Grant.

Local startup business owners are encouraged to apply for the grant, which is designed to encourage entrepreneurial spirit in the Bay Area. All prior winners of the grant and 85 percent of the prior applicants are still in business, according to the chamber.

The winner will receive $2,500 in accounting services from Hough, Macadam and Wartnick CPA's; $500 in banking services from Umpqua Bank; $500 in cash and $500 in taxi topper advertising from Yellow Cab Taxi; $500 in banking services from U.S. Bank; $500 in banking services from U.S. Bank; $500 in cash and $520 in Ready Mix concrete from Knife River Materials; $2,600 executive coaching from DFM Consulting Inc.; and a one-year chamber membership.

The winner will participate in confidential mentoring each month of the award year offered by the Southwestern Oregon Community College Small Business Development Center.

The winner will be chosen through a business plan competition.

Applications are available through the chamber or the Small Business Development Center. Business plans and applications are due to the chamber office by Oct. 10. The winner will be announced at the annual economic outlook forum in December. The contest is open to new startup businesses, aspiring businesses and businesses that did not generate customer revenue prior to June 1, 2013.

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