Entries are being accepted until Oct. 17 (Friday) for the annual business plan competitions organized by the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Notre Dame.p. The first phase of the entry process requires only a 2-3-page business summary of the major elements of the proposed plan. All plans must include participation by at least one Notre Dame student or graduate.p. The three competitions are:p. ? McCloskey Business Plan Competition?Now in its fourth year, the McCloskey competition is for new ventures that have not yet been launched or are in their earliest stages. The grand prize is $15,000, and a total of $24,000 in prize money will be awarded.p. ? Social Venture Plan Competition?Designed for business ventures that have a social mission or purpose, the competition includes $10,000 in total prize money.p. ? Dorothy Dolphin Family Business Plan Competition?Now in its second year, the competition seeks to promote and strengthen the development of strategic business plans for family-owned businesses. The prize money totals $7,000.p. Entrants will receive Business Plan Pro 2004 Premier software, as well as feedback, mentoring and networking opportunities.p. The winning entries will be announced April 22-23 in ceremonies at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.p. For more information, contact the Gigot Center at 574-631-3042 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Registration forms and competition guidelines are available on the Web at www.nd.edu/~entrep .