Grow the North contest by MNP (Photo provided by MNP)

A new contest developed by MNP and supported by the City of Prince George Economic Development has been created for local businesses.

The three-stage ‘Grow The North’ contest invites business owners to propose their own idea to solve a business challenge they are experiencing.

Applicants will be competing for professional business consulting to help make their proposal a reality. 

“We want to do something positive to support the business community,” says Jameel Sayani, Regional Managing Partner for MNP. “As a firm, we have a multitude of services to offer – from enterprise risk management, succession planning, tech consulting and executive recruitment, to feasibility studies and performance improvement. This is a great opportunity to help local businesses thrive and we are excited that the City of Prince George is joining us.

Candidates must submit a five-page description of their proposal then 6 finalists will receive an initial consultation with MNP professionals to help prepare them to present a live presentation in front of judges.

Three winners will be selected, the first prize is 75 hours of business consulting from MNP, which is valued at over $26,000.

The second and third prizes are 25 hours ($8,750) and 10 hours ($3,500) of consulting, respectively.

To qualify, businesses must be owned and operated in Prince George and have been operating for at least two years.

All types of proposals are welcome, full contest info can be found on MNP’s website.