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Charlevoix County announces first county-wide Pitch Night

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance  •  231-582-6482  •

Hannah Sanderson, Business Retention & Growth

Winners of 2018 Grand Event pictured from left: People’s Choice, Ellie’s Place bakery; 3rd Place, Socks Kick; 2nd Place, Emmet Drones; 1st Place, Stormy Kromer by Simply Marcella.

Charlevoix County will hold their first county-wide business pitch competition this fall 2019. NLEA is seeking entrepreneurs with a well thought-out business plan or businesses that are two years or younger to compete for their slice of $15,000 in the Charlevoix County Pitch Night.

This event is one of three county pitch night competitions under the umbrella of Northern Michigan Pitch Night (Antrim, Charlevoix, and Cheboygan Pitch Night), hosted by the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance and in partnership with our local community partners.

Entrepreneurs will submit their business plan and application for a chance to be selected to compete. The businesses will go through a preliminary judging process and the top ten applicants will be selected to move forward in the competition.

Prior to the event, entrepreneurs will prepare their four-minute pitch and will go through a coaching night to ensure that their best foot is put forward. All businesses will also be offered free business coaching to further strengthen their presentation throughout the pitch night process and beyond.

On the night of the competition, entrepreneurs will deliver their four-minute pitch to the audience and panel of judges. Once all the pitches have taken place, the judges will deliberate and select the 1st ($10,000), 2nd ($3,500), and 3rd ($1,000) place winners and the audience will cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award ($500). During this time, the audience and entrepreneurs are invited to network and enjoy refreshments. Upon the completion of judging, the winners will be announced and the night will conclude. However, the excitement is not over quite yet for the entrepreneurs. The top three winners from the event will advance to the Grand Event and compete for additional funding for their new business against the top three winners from Antrim and Cheboygan Counties.

These events were made possible due to the generous support from Consumers Energy, DTE Energy Foundation and other local sponsors. For more information regarding Charlevoix County Pitch Night, please contact the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance at (231) 582-6482.

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