This story first appeared in the May 2000 issue of Startups. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Thought you'd never have to dust off that business plan again, huh? Well, you do--if you want a crack at scoring up to $10,000 in seed capital. Financial services company J & S Bon Financial in Chicago and Business Start-Ups are hosting a Top New Business of the Millennium Competition in which we¹ll choose and award the best business plans of start-up and infant-stage companies less than one year old. The grand prize is $10,000 in seed money, along with Business Plan Pro and QuickBooks Pro Software; second prize is $5,000 in seed money and the software; third prize is $2,500 in seed money and the software; 25 other finalists will receive the software packages. All entrants will have their plan submitted to two venture capital firms for review and a chance at funding. Entries must be received by midnight May 30; prizes will be awarded by July 30. Visit for details.