Island Bizplan Contest Seeks Entries

The Island Institute in Rockland has announced a new initiative designed to encourage and support entrepreneurs in Maine’s 15 year-round island communities.  The Island Bizplan Contest, made possible through the Island and Coastal Innovation Fund (ICIF), the organization’s subsidiary, offers $10,000 in cash prizes and technical assistance to winners from business start-ups or emerging young companies. The contest will run from Feb. 1 to April 12, 2013, and is open to commercial and nonprofit businesses that have physical addresses on Chebeague, Cliff, Frenchboro, Great Cranberry, Great Diamond, Islesboro, Islesford, Isle au Haut, Long, Monhegan, Matinicus, North Haven, Peaks, Swan’s and Vinalhaven islands.  There is no fee to enter. Online contest rules, entry forms and links can be found at> . For more information, please email <>