Caribbean Grill Restaurant Business Plan Named as Finalist in National Competition
February 23, 2011
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois (February 23, 2011) – Caribbean Grill made its Champaign-Urbana
debut by creating a strong buzz at last year's Taste of C-U. Since then, many have continued to
wonder, where is Caribbean Grill located? Executive Chef and Owner Mike Harden has been
diligently working on a restaurant business plan since that time, and intends to bring a storefront
location to town in the near future.
Harden entered the 11th Annual MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series Business Plan
Competition, a national business plan competition, aimed at providing resources to new,
minority owned businesses. MillerCoors began this initiative in 1999, and has awarded $1.4
million in business grants to emerging small business owners. This year's national competition
selected 15 finalists in five different categories. Harden's Caribbean Grill restaurant plan was
selected as a national finalist in the Food/Beverage Service category.
“It truly is an honor and privilege to even be selected as a finalist in such a prestigious
competition,” Harden says. “This lets me know that my business plan is viable and my
restaurant has a very strong chance of prospering, here in Champaign-Urbana,” claims Harden.
Each finalist is to go before a national judging panel in Chicago, Illinois to make a 20-minute
presentation as to why their business plan is supreme. At stake is $150,000 in grant monies, to
go towards their business idea.
For more information on the MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series, visit
www.millercoorsmues.com. Caribbean Grill Executive Chef/Owner Mike Harden can be
reached by visiting www.caribbeangrill.net, calling (217) 960-JERK (5375), or by email at