Grow America is a new organization aimed to help create new jobs and build the economy. And with it comes some great opportunities for business owners, including a chance to win an array of cash and services to grow their companies. Here are the details from founder, Alan Hall: Alan Hall and Grow America announced Springboard competitions to provide $1 million in cash awards and services to entrepreneurs through 2012 and January of next year. What is Grow America? It’s a new organization emerging from Utah with an agenda to create new jobs, to lift local economies, and to celebrate entrepreneurship wherever it is found. Grow America is the outgrowth of preparations that have been in place since for several years to create stronger and better ways to support entrepreneurs — all entrepreneurs— and to promote and support economic recovery through. entrepreneurial growth. "We strongly believe the key to economic recovery is entrepreneurial growth," said Hall. "If someone has an idea, an early stage company, or an entrepreneurial dream, we want to provide them with the training and resources they can use to create or grow a thriving company, and to create new jobs." As an organization, Grow America has five components: Competitions, e-commerce tools, curriculum and educational tools, community support, and charitable giving. Their ultimate goal is to put America back to work, one company and one community at a time. We want to provide the resources to create many new companies and to give many existing early stage companies the opportunity to grow and to thrive, whether they participate in the Springboard business competitions or not. To date we have multiple founding partners in Grow America Springboard that include Zions Bank, Comcast Business Class, Comcast Spotlight, KUTV2, Utah Jazz and KJZZ-TV. All four events will be televised. We welcome additional participants, and we have room and need for many community partners as well. To enter the competition Are you ready to participate? To enter, or to get more information about the process and the competitions, you can go to http://growam.com. You can follow all updates at the GrowAm website as well, and can follow the progress of the Springboard competitions at @GrowAmerica and @AskAlanEHall.