MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - Aug 15, 2011) - (Family Features) Have you thought of a new product that just might catch on? Do you think your business idea could really take off if you just had a little help? If you think you have the next big idea, you could receive a grant that will help you turn that idea into a reality.

The Bright Ideas Program from Mirassou® Winery is looking for people with innovative ideas, both large and small, and will reward five of them with a $3,000 grant. The grant program celebrates the more than 155 years of Mirassou family history and pioneering spirit that led to many winemaking innovations that continue to shape the wine industry today.

"I am proud of my family's optimistic and entrepreneurial spirit that has served as the foundation for Mirassou Winery," said David Mirassou, wine expert and sixth generation family member. "We're celebrating that spirit and paying it forward by supporting the best and brightest ideas through our first-ever national grant program."

The five $3,000 grant recipients will also be voted on at the Mirassou Winery's Facebook page, with the highest vote earner being awarded an additional grant of $5,000.

From now until October 31, 2011, you may submit your bright idea (large or small) at www.facebook.com/mirassouwinery for consideration. You'll be asked to describe your idea and how the grant would help you realize it. Applications may not exceed 1,000 words and will be judged on criteria that includes relevance of the bright idea to the Mirassou spirit of entrepreneurism, innovation and empowerment.

California Table Wine, ©2011 Mirassou Vineyards, Modesto, CA. All rights reserved.

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