SCORE competition open to small businesses

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Small-business owners have about three weeks to enter SCORE’s fourth annual American Small Business Championship. Two businesses in each state and the District of Columbia will receive a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card, an all-expense paid trip to a training and networking event in Dallas, and mentoring from small business experts at SCORE.

Three $25,000 grand prizes also will be awarded.

One 2016 grand champion, Garrett Takach, co-owner of Ninja Park Obstacle Fitness Gym, used his prize to fund a training program for children with autism.

Apply or nominate a business online at http://championship.score.org. Champions will be announced in March and grand champions will be revealed in September.

Last year Cripple Concepts of Aurora and Flipside Pillow LLC of Englewood earned awards.