Entries Sought for Business Contest

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In his campaign three years ago, Gov. Jim Doyle called for the creation of a statewide business plan contest. He said he wanted to tap into the entrepreneurial spirit of students, workers, companies, and other institutions.

There is now such a contest and it's in its second year.

State officials were in Eau Claire to promote the Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan.

Two ideas won last year. One involved technology that detects breast cancer tumors. There's a $50,000 cash prize for the winner, but Tom Still, the President of the Wisconsin Technology Council, says more importantly, entrants receive experience and exposure.

The contest is open to anyone with an idea that involves technology. Business concepts must fall into one of four categories like advanced manufacturing or life sciences.

Submissions must be in by Monday, Jan. 31, 2005. For more information, you can go to www.govsbizplancontest.com.