Press release submitted by University of Illinois Extension.|
When it comes to creating jobs in Henry and Stark Counties, a team of local economic development leaders are hoping that once again, the Fast Pitch Competition on April 30, at Black Hawk College's Community Education Center in Kewanee, will provide entrepreneurs with resources they need to turn their ideas into new businesses or the expansion of existing businesses for the bi-county area.
On Tuesday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to noon, 18 people will present their ideas for bringing new or improved retail, manufacturing, technology, agriculture and other businesses to Henry and Stark counties.
Contestants will share their information to a panel of judges during individual, confidential 10 minute "fast pitch" sessions. Winners will be selected in the categories of Existing Business; Got an Idea for Retail; and Got an Idea for Non-Retail/Manufacturing.
Winners will be announced and awarded prizes during a 1 p.m. awards ceremony which is open to the public and will be held at the same location. The Existing Business winner will be awarded $5,000 cash ($2,500 that day and $2,500 after consultations services are completed), 10 hours of professional business consultation services, $15,000 in radio advertising from Regional Media and $260 in advertising from Stark County News. The Got an Idea Retail and Non-Retail winners will each receive $2,500 cash ($1,250 that day and $1,250 after consultation services are completed), 10 hours of professional business consultation services and $5,000 in radio advertising from Regional Media. Runners-up in all categories will each receive $500 cash and a free waiver to Black Hawk College's Small Business Development Center.
For information visit henrystarkfastpitch.org or call Joel Youngs, director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Black Hawk College 309-796-5710.
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