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Town of Pulaski hosts startup competition to bring businesses to downtown

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PULASKI (WSLS 10) - Pulaski town leaders are starting a competition in hopes of bringing new businesses to downtown.

Organizers are calling this initiative "Launch Something Pulaski." Local entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to compete for grant money to start a small business. Organizers of the initiative hope the competition and creation of new businesses will help revitalize downtown.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to spur investment, to encourage people to take a risk to encourage volunteers, donors, people to get involved to take action so as the community we can come together and build around the center of our town," said Eric Bucey, the CEO of the Beans and Rice organization that is responsible for hosting the event.

The grants funding the competition come from the Virginia Department of Housing's Community Business Launch Program. So far, about 20 people have submitted applications for the competition.