2020 Get on the Trail 

Business Plan Contest

Do you have an idea for a business to better attract and accommodate trail users in the Oil Region National Heritage Area?

Do you want to make improvements to your current business in the Oil Region that serves trail users?

This contest rewards new and expanding businesses that submit solid business plans to provide vital goods and services to users of the bicycle, mountain bike, hiking, water, ski, ATV, equestrian and/or any other type of trail or outdoor recreation.

The Oil Region in Western Pennsylvania is comprised of all of Venango County and Hydetown, Oil Creek Township, and Titusville in Crawford County.  Also included in the contest area are Foxburg (Clarion County) and Parker (Armstrong County) to the south.

Meet the 2019 Winners!

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Bikers on Allegheny River Trail, courtesy Michael Henderson

Map of Contest Area


Contest Details

June 10, 2020
Virtual on Zoom
6:30 p.m. 

Concept Paper Deadline
July 1,  2020  4:30 p.m.

Judge Criteria for the Concept Paper

Semi-Finalists Selected & Announced

July 21/22, 2020

Business Plans Deadline
October 28, 2020  4:30 p.m.
Learn more about Business Plans here.


November 24 and 25, 2020


Winners Announced

December 3, 2020  (Time and location to be announced)

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Kayaker on Allegheny River Water Trail, courtesy Kim Harris


Grab Trails bikers, courtesy Jerry Sowden


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2019 Get on the Trail Contest Winners

Support for this project provided by County of Venango Act 13 funds


have an idea, but need some help?

Look no further!


Check out some winning ideas from years past!