Win $5,000 to Start Your Own Business

Additional Entry Limitations: Entrants must be submitting ideas for new businesses. The business can not have existed previously at any time. Entries that contain any content determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion as indecent, inappropriate, morally objectionable or otherwise unfit for publication or broadcast will be immediately disqualified. Essays must fit entirely within text box portion of online entry form; use of any other means of submitting essay (e.g., e-mail messages or file attachments) is prohibited and essays submitted by such means will NOT be accepted. Entries of more than 300 words will be disqualified. Entries not satisfying these Official Rules in any respect will be disqualified. In submitting an essay, entrant understands and agrees that the essay is a "submission" as defined in the Terms of Use of; and, as such, American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., and ACCION USA, together with their authorized licensees own any and all rights to the essay and entrant has no proprietary interest therein. (For's Terms of Use, direct your Internet browser to Entrant further agrees to sign all documents required by American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., ACCION USA upon their request.

Judging: The official judging panel will consist of representatives selected at the sole discretion of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., and ACCION USA. The judging panel will select ten finalists. The ten finalists will be announced on or about November 1, 2005. The ten finalists will be asked to fill out a business plan template designed by ACCION USA. At that time, selected applicants may be required to submit additional information, such as credit reports, to assist in sponsor/judges due diligence research. The completed business plan template must be submitted by November 14, 2005. The potential winners will be notified by e-mail and/or mail. Potential winners will be required to sign and return within 7 business days of receipt an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release and Indemnification, a Publicity Release where allowed by law, as well as other documents that Sponsor may require. If any potential winner does not reply to such notification within 2 business days, an e-mail notification is undeliverable after up to 3 attempts and/or the Affidavit of Eligibility, Release and Indemnification, a Publicity Release and/or any other required documents are not returned by potential winner to Sponsors within specified time period, such potential winner may be disqualified and an alternate potential winner selected (i.e., the entry ranked immediately below the disqualified entry in the judging), this process may continue until two grand prize winning finalists are selected. The two grand prize winners will be announced on or about November 28, 2005.

GMA Profiles, & Grand Prize Voting: The winners must be available to appear, at producers' discretion, on live broadcasts of Good Morning America. As part of the grand prize, the winners will also be required to participate in future Good Morning America broadcasts and may be asked to tape additional segments in their hometown pertaining to their new businesses. Winners may be asked to include customers, family members, business partners and friends in tapings as they relate to the topics.

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