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Updated: Jan 29, 2019

New York, NEW YORK - On Monday January 21, 2019, the inaugural Next Level Small Business Plan Competition will launch.

Presented by Gibson Consulting & Solutions LLC, this competition is designed to economically empower small businesses by giving aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their early-stage ventures. By submitting their business plans, small business owners will be able to compete for cash and year-long pro bono services valued at up to $25,000. These services will be offered by the Next Level sponsors - successful entrepreneurs, community professionals, and investors who will dedicate their time, energy and insight to provide real-time guidance, consulting, and product and service opportunities for ONE winning applicant. Hence the competition’s tagline: It takes a village to grow a business.

Quite often, the Gibson Consulting team offers the only opportunity left for struggling clients who have started businesses with innovative ideas, passion and dreams -- yet without a viable business plan. “This realization has shown us how vital our efforts are in addressing the need for business planning”, says Gibson Consulting’s Owner, Keesha Gibson. In addition to a cash prize, pro-bono services will open the doors of creativity and leverage resources. The solution of a “Village” - a collaborative economy built around the concept of shared resources, will show the winning business that people and profits are not always in competition.

Minority owned small businesses are strongly encouraged to apply. Go to for more details about qualifications and sponsorship opportunities.


Gibson Consulting & Solutions LLC, provides business development services at various stages of growth to entrepreneurs and to for- and non-profit companies. The services are primarily aimed at skills transfer, fund development, business growth, and business advice. Find Gibson Consulting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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