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Open call for Perfect Pitch competition
Entrepreneurs compete for resources to build business
 
Published Wednesday, April 3, 2013
by Staff Reports

Pride Public Relations and Wells Fargo Supplier Diversity have announced an open call for entries in “The Perfect Pitch” competition. Local entrepreneurs will compete to win a customized small business “Success Package” worth some $5,000.

All Mecklenburg County small business owners and entrepreneurs in operation for a minimum of two years with 50 employees or less are eligible to participate in the competition. Participants must provide products or services of value to the Charlotte community. Nonprofits and franchises are ineligible.

To apply, business owners should email pridepr@pridecommunications.net describing their background and current business situation in 500 words or less. Pride Public Relations will review all applications and select four finalists, based on the clarity, creativity and succinctness of their stories. The deadline for submissions is April 12.

The final competition will take place during National Small Business Week in May at Pride’s third annual small business seminar on May 20. The purpose of the seminar is to educate small business owners about best practices, provide helpful resources and allow business owners an opportunity to interact directly with industry experts and other successful small business owners.

During the seminar, the four finalists will participate in a panel discussion about best practices for small businesses. They will then give seven-minute presentations about their businesses and outline a growth plan for the next three years in front of a live audience of fellow small business owners and five judges who will determine the winner.

The seminar is free, but online registration is required. Visit www.prideperfectpitch.eventbrite.com for more information or call (704) 375-9553.

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