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Small Business Development Center Names Winner in Business Plan Competition

Small Business Development Center Names Winner in Business Plan Competition

November 17, 2006 - Brian Gresham, a Collin County entrepreneur, has won the New Venture Award in the North Texas Business Plan Competition hosted by the International Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Dallas.

He beat out 19 other companies to win the award, which comes with a prize package that includes $1,000 of seed money. The package also includes software, a subscription to the Dallas Business Journal and a website starter package.

Gresham is opening a franchised gaming company called Play N Trade. Play N Trade is a store where gamers can buy new and used video games and DVDs.

"We were delighted to work with Brian on his business plan," Collin SBDC Director Lynn Ellis said. "Every day, Collin SBDC provides state-of-the-art business plan consulting to maximize the potential for every business idea. We take pride in guiding our clients to be as successful as they can be."

Gresham is a client of the Collin SBDC, and counselor Mike Daley assisted him in preparing his business plan for the Dallas competition. The Collin SBDC is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Texas, and Collin County Community College District. Through this partnership, one-on-one, confidential consulting is provided at no charge. No cost workshops and seminars are scheduled on topics that are essential to business success.

For more information, call Ellis at 972.985.3770.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 41,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.