A reader just brought my attention to a contest which is ending soon.
From My Shelf Books & Gifts, a bookstore located in Wellsboro, Penn, can be won in a contest. All you have to do is write a 250-word essay on why a bookstore is important to a community, pay the $75 submission fee, and cross your fingers that 4,000 entries are received. If there aren't enough entries then all fees will be returned.
The contest prize includes 60,000 books, 6 months’ rent, and free consultation from current owners Kasey and Kevin Coolidge. It does not include the degrees, certification, or experience you should acquire before buying a business.
"For $75 and an essay, someone could win their own bookstore," Kevin said.
"My husband and I grew up here, and Wellsboro deserves a bookstore," said Kasey. "Kevin thought it would be nice to be able to pay it forward and give someone else the opportunity, especially since starting a business is hard."
The contest ends on 31 March. You can find more information on the bookstore's website.
Thanks, Dave, for the tip!