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Contest winner will get Oshawa storefront for one year

BIA launches “Discover This Space” contest

Local entrepreneurs have a chance to earn free rent for a year at a downtown Oshawa storefront.

The Oshawa Downtown BIA, in partnership with the Business Advisory Centre Durham and other partners, have announced the “Discover This Space” contest.

Local entrepreneurs can enter the contest which is open to all residents of Ontario who are 19 years or older, and residing in the province at the time of submitting their entry.

To apply, send a one-to-three minute business pitch or by completing the online application at by 5 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2020.

The final prize includes financial support towards a one-year lease within the Oshawa Downtown BIA area, along with complimentary services BIA officials say will give the winner a significant boost upon launching.

“Discover This Space” is an initiative designed to focus on business concepts where a visible storefront location provides a significant competitive advantage. Entries should have a focus on retail or professional service.

“Business recruitment is one of our six mandates for the BIA and our focus for 2020. Not only do these initiatives increase business recruitment in downtown but also improves economic development, and

brings more people out into downtown,” said Amanda McDonald, executive director of the BIA.

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