Julie Gilley Milam from Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about that group's online competition for area small businesses, one that will net the winner $2,500.

Mllam tells KEEL listeners that the EAP competition, which is being hosted online, will reward innovation by area small businesses during the COVID 19 shutdown. In addition to the $2,500 cash prize, the winner will also receive billboard advertising.

"We recognize that during the COVID shutdown, with so many small businesses having to close down completely, they really had to innovate to stay open. Because we want to recognize those small businesses, we're doing an online competition. Anyone can go and nominate the most innovative small business. You can nominate (your favorite) every day and they have a chance to win."

The contest runs, Milam says, between now and the Fourth of July. "Around July fifteenth we're going to announce the top five and we're going to open it back up to the public for (final) voting." Hopefully sometime in mid-August we'll announce the winner at their actual business location."

Milam says that, technically, any business with fewer than five hundred employees qualifies as "small," but that EAP asks that entries be a north Louisiana small business, so locally owned in the northern twenty one parishes. "Anybody that was creative and found unique ways to serve their customers amid all the COVID 19 trouble."

To find out more about the Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program, their small business contest or to nominate you favorite north Louisiana small Business, JUST CLICK HERE!