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Grand Event, Finale Pitch Competition comes to Great Lake Center for the Arts

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance • •

12 Pitch Night winners from each county event  will compete for additional $18,000 in startup funds at the Grand Event on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, doors will open at 5:30pm.

Grand Event Competitors:

Baris Atmaca of Socks Kick, Tiffany Barrett of TCB Wellness, Travis Glowney of Sink or Swim, Kurtis Damerow of Emmet Drones, Pam and Christian Colby of Lakeshore Dry Goods, Jeff Kozisek of Vine Rides, Brenna St. Clair of Ellie’s Place, Jennifer Robydek of Nautical North Family Adventures, Marcella Costin of Stormy Kromer by Simply Marcella, Rebecca Rankin of Yoga Bellaire, Jaqueline Schneider of Road Runner Tours, and Kayla Moore of Gills ‘N Thrills Custom Lures

Boyne City, November 5, 2018 – Fans of Shark Tank won’t want to miss the Grand Event business model competition! Come out to Bay Harbor’s artistic gem, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts, for the finale pitch night competition; watch the winning entrepreneurs from GreenLight East Jordan, Emmet Entrepreneur Challenge, Invest Cheboygan County, and Antrim Pitch Night battle for a share of $18,000 in additional funds to make their business dreams come true.

Explore the luxurious arts center as you enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar when doors open at 5:30pm. The fun starts at 6pm when guests can enter the state of the art auditorium for the finale entrepreneur showdown. Cheer on your local entrepreneurs as they present their business pitch to our panel of esteemed judges, northern Michigan business experts.

Vote for your favorite pitch for the People’s Choice Award while the judges deliberate. This is also a great opportunity to make connections and mingle, and for angel investors to network with our competing entrepreneurs and help them succeed in our local communities.

The pitch night competitions in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet counties boasted 776 attendees, 36 pitches, and $60,500 awarded in startup funds! Don’t miss out on the finale celebration of entrepreneurship and witness businesses set up shop in your communities. “20 businesses launched last year as a result of GreenLight East Jordan, Invest Cheboygan, and the Grand Event and it’s been exciting to expand these programs by adding events in Emmet and Antrim to help more entrepreneurs launch,” said Hannah Sanderson-NLEA Business Attraction & Growth.

Last year’s Grand Event saw three business launches: 1st place winner Kaila Thomas South Arm Market, 2nd Place Rachel Warnos of Adventure Sports North and 3rd place and People’s Choice winner, Lindsey Miller of Urban Bird & Company. We look forward to another successful Grand Event, helping businesses launch in your communities!

Please pre-register to attend this event at Reserve your seat today for a fun night of entrepreneurship!

Special thanks to our sponsors without whom this event would not be possible:

Consumers Energy, DTE Energy Foundation, ITC Holdings, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, and Great Lakes Center for the Arts.

Core Partners

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