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2016 North of Boston Business Plan Competition

We are in the planning stages for the upcoming 2016 competition.

About the competition: If you have a business idea, a company less than three years old or an established business with a new strategic direction located on the North Shore consider entering our annual competition.

Entering the competition is a win/win proposition.  You need visibility, funding and the feedback and advice of regional business leaders.  We want to fuel regional economic development by identifying and encouraging businesses to start, stay, and grow north of Boston.

This is an important competition for the regional business community and a great opportunity for new entrepreneurs or young start-ups.  Now in its 11th year, the BPC has provided the impetus for many companies—not just the winners—to craft an effective strategy and obtain the critical support they needed to move forward successfully.

If you have a business idea, a company less than three years old or an established business with a new strategic direction, enter the BPC. You stand to win:

  • Cash prizes – $10,000 for first place! Second place, $5,000. Third place, $3.000
  • Advice – Valuable feedback and suggestions. Judges are experienced entrepreneurs, business owners and leaders and capital investors.
  • Focus – Entering the BPC can provide the discipline and focus you need to develop and fine-tune a winning business strategy.


BPC Co-Sponsors:

128 Innovation Capital Group
Amesbury Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Bertolon School of Business, Salem State University
Cape Ann Business Incubator
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
Creative Economy Association of the North Shore
E for All
Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce
Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce
Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce
Ipswich Chamber of Commerce
Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce
Marblehead Chamber of Commerce
Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce
Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council
Merrimack Valley Small Business Center
North Shore Chamber of Commerce
North Shore InnoVentures
North Shore Latino Business Association
Peabody Chamber of Commerce
Salem Chamber of Commerce
Salem State University Alumni Association
Small Business Development Center at Salem State University
North Shore Alliance for Economic Development


Questions? Please contact Lorie Skolski at