It’s nearly Top Gun LA time again.

Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce President Shanna Cox, who is leading this next year’s class, said she’s hoping for eight to 10 entrepreneurs ready to bring their idea or business to the next level for the 2022 session, which starts in January and culminates in a live pitch-off at the May chamber breakfast.

Regional winners across the state will ultimately pitch for a $25,000 grand prize in the annual contest by the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs.

The deadline for applications is Nov. 30.

“I would think anyone, whether they’re at the idea stage or they’ve been in business a couple of years and they’re trying to figure out how to really get underway and grow their business, I would say apply and take Top Gun,” said Cox. “It’s really top-of-their-field experts across the state delivering content every week so you can really think of all of the aspects of your business, whether its fleshing out the idea or really fine-tuning it for success. For so many entrepreneurs, they get stuck in the working your business stage that they don’t get a chance to step back and work on their business and that’s what Top Gun’s all about.”

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