Posted By: Small Business Administration
Category: Software/Apps Submission Dates: 12 a.m. ET, Jun 11, 2015 - 11:59 p.m. ET, Jul 13, 2015 Winners Announced: Aug 04, 2015
Note: This Competition is open only to the local governments of United States cities (referred to as municipalities and townships by the U.S. Census Bureau) or American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian communities, or their constituent agencies and subdivisions. See more details regarding eligibility rules for participating in the competition under “Rules.”
The SBA is seeking to support entrepreneurs who are navigating the requirements to start a business. Currently many of these requirements are in multiple locations and a streamlined approach could help entrepreneurs startup more easily. The Startup in a Day Competition – Start Small Model is designed to spur the development, implementation, and improvement of online tools that will let entrepreneurs learn about the business startup process in their area, including how to register and apply for all required local licenses and permits, in one day or less.
In order to maximize the success of this Competition, SBA will work with the National League of Cities (NLC), an advocacy organization representing thousands of municipalities, to establish a formal mechanism by which all Startup in a Day Competition winners will be able to collaborate and share best practices.
In conjunction with the Startup in a Day Competition, President Barack Obama is asking cities and Native American Communities across America to take a pledge to support entrepreneurs in their area by making it easier to start a business (for the text of this pledge, see sba.gov/startup). While it is not required to enter this Competition, all cities and Native American Communities are encouraged to take the pledge. As an additional encouragement, entries submitted by cities and Native American Communities that do take the pledge will receive five (5) bonus points during the evaluation process, as stipulated in Item 3: Part V below. Furthermore, all Startup in a Day Competition – Start Small Model winners will be required to take the pledge prior to receiving their prizes.
Selection of Winners
Competition entries will be evaluated by a review committee that may be comprised of SBA officials, employees of other Federal agencies, and/or private sector experts. Winners will be selected based on the quality, clarity, completeness, and feasibility of their proposals in addressing the issues outlined in the "Rules" section of this Competition announcement. In addition, in order to achieve nationwide distribution of prizes for the purpose of assisting business startups across the entire United States, SBA may take into account contestants’ geographic locations and areas of service when selecting winners. For the announcement of winners, any travel or related expenses to attend an event will be the responsibility of the winner and may not be paid with prize funds.
See instructions on how to create a valid submission under the “Rules” tab.
All information included in this announcement is published as an announcement in the Federal Register, also.
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Eligibility Rules for Participating in the Competition: This Competition is open only to the local governments of United States cities (referred to as municipalities and townships by the U.S. Census Bureau) or American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian communities, or their constituent agencies and subdivisions. No city or Native American Community may submit more than one entry to the Startup in a Day Competition – Start Small Model. However, cities and Native American Communities are allowed to apply to both the Startup in a Day Competition – Start Small Model and to the Startup in a Day Competition – Dream Big Model (see separate announcement). Cities and Native American Communities must submit a separate application for each competition. However, please note that a city or Native American Community cannot win a prize under both announcements. If a city or Native American Community is a finalist for both competitions, the city or Native American Community will be awarded the larger prize. No city or Native American Community that is currently suspended or debarred by the Federal government is eligible to take part in this Competition.
Priority Communities: An additional aim of this competition is to stimulate economic development in certain Priority Communities. For purposes of the Startup in a Day Competition – Start Small Model, Priority Communities are those cities that fall into one or more of the following categories (NOTE: Under the Startup in a Day Competition – Start Small Model, prizes for Native American Communities are being funded and scored separately and are not eligible for Priority Community consideration. However, both cities and Native American Communities are eligible for additional points for agreeing to the Startup in a Day Pledge. See Part V below for more details.):
- Rural/Non-Metropolitan: Cities having a population of less than 50,000. Please reference http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/index.html.
- High Poverty: Cities where 20 percent or more of residents are below the poverty level. Please reference http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/index.html.
- Veterans Economic Community: Being an official participant in the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative. To view the list of participating cities, please go to http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/20015/va-launches-campaign-increase-veterans-economic-potential/
- Promise Zone: Being officially designated as a Promise Zone. To view the list of designated Promise Zones and lead organizations, please go to www.hud.gov/promisezones.
Registration Process for Contestants: Contestants in the Startup in a Day Competition – Start Small Model must submit their entries online using the link designated for that purpose on challenge.gov. In addition to the basic details collected in that short application form, contestants must also complete and submit via challenge.gov a proposal and attachments that addresses all of the items identified below:
AUTHORIZATION STATEMENT (Not to exceed one (1) page)
A letter or signed statement by the city or Native American Community representative, council, or equivalent approving or authorizing the entry on behalf of the city or Native American Community.
PROPOSAL (Parts I-III not to exceed two (2) pages)
Part I: City or Native American Community Description (20 points)
- Briefly describe your city or Native American Community and its story (include applicable data from the most current source (i.e. U.S. Census Bureau’s ACS)). If your city qualifies as a Priority Community as defined in Item 1, also see Part IV below.
- Describe the demand for registering and obtaining permits, resources, etc. for small businesses in your city or Native American Community (include quantitative analysis).
Part II: Problem(s) and Solution(s) (40 points)
- Describe the current process, including the problems/obstacles, an entrepreneur experiences while trying to register and obtain permits, resources, etc. as a small businesses in your city or Native American Community.
- Describe the solution that would solve the problems/obstacles described above, if awarded a prize.
Part III: Implementation (40 points)
- Outline the anticipated timeframe for implementing the solution described above.
- Describe the top five (5) metrics relevant to outputs and outcomes that would measure your city’s or Native American Community’s success in solving the stated problems/obstacles.
- Describe any additional resources that will need to be leveraged, including partnerships, to fully implement the proposed solution.
OPTIONAL Proposal Addenda (Parts IV and V not to exceed one (1) page for each part)
Part IV: Service to Priority Communities as Defined in Item 1 (up to 10 bonus points… five (5) points for each eligible Priority Community to be served, up to two (2) communities)
- State the Priority Community to be served.
- Briefly describe the Priority Community in your city (include applicable data from the most current sources (i.e., U.S. Census Bureau’s ACS)).
- Describe the demand from the Priority Community for registering small businesses and/or obtaining permits, resources, etc. in your city (include quantitative analysis).
Part V: Taking the Startup in a Day Pledge (five (5) bonus points).
Cities and Native American Communities that agree to the Startup in a Day Pledge (for the text of the pledge, see sba.gov/startup) will receive five (5) bonus points. Applicants only need to provide a statement that they agree to the Startup in a Day Pledge.
Proposals may not include any confidential and/or proprietary information and must be formatted as follows:
- Length: No more than two (2) pages to answer Parts I-III. No more than one (1) page to answer Part IV and one (1) page to answer Part V.
- Spacing: 1.5 lines
- Paper Size: 8.5 x 11 with three-quarter (.75) inch margins on all sides
- Font and Font Size: Calibri, 11 point