New River CTC to host BIG Idea Competition in Princeton, WV

The State Journal
May 20, 2015

PRINCETON, WV – In an effort to help solve a problem of empty storefronts in Princeton, WV, New River Community and Technical College will join the Princeton Renaissance Project, with funding from the Benedum Foundation, to host a BIG Idea Competition at 5:30 p.m. May 28.

“This is not your average entrepreneur competition — this is targeted to a specific downtown business district and local small businesses are working together to help ensure the success of the winning contestant,” said Jill Holliday, New River CTC regional director of operations for Mercer and Raleigh Counties.

New River CTC students and community members in the audience will vote to determine the contest winner. Admission is free of cost and open to the public.

The competition will be at New River CTC’s Mercer County Campus, which recently opened in the former offices of First Community Bank on Mercer Street in Princeton. Each of the five contestants will give a five-minute business pitch presentation. Contestants then will be given three minutes to answer designated audience questions about their businesses.

Brookwood Corporation has offered one month of free rent if the winner chooses to locate in one of the company’s available properties. In addition, the winning entrepreneur will receive a cash award of $1,000, along with prizes donated by local businesses and community groups.

On May 21, the five contestants will meet with business mentors at New River CTC’s Mercer County campus to prepare for the competition.

For more information, contact Holliday by email at or call 304-256-0262.

New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg), Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville) and Raleigh County Campus (Beaver/Beckley).