Five local entrepreneurs have been chosen to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges during the second annual Pitch North competition. They will compete for the chance to win more than $8,000 in cash prizes to bring their ideas to life. The event will be held virtually on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 via ZOOM.
The finalists are as follows:
Ashley Titman, Ashley Marie Farm and Bakery, from Newaygo County
Paul Avery, Tiki Hut Farm Market, from Lake County
Amber Hellewell, Hearth Magic, from Oceana County
Janet Lipzinski, Up North Gift Co, from Newaygo County
Ron Radkay, Elsie’s Ice Cream, from Oceana County
Pitch North was designed to spark entrepreneurial change and encourage more innovative minds to start small businesses in Newaygo, Oceana, and Lake counties. The listed five finalists were selected from a pool of 28 submissions. Each finalist will be given five minutes to present their business idea and judges will have an opportunity to ask questions directly after.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pitch North will be held virtually. To view the live event, register at pitchnorth.com/register-to-attend prior to June 24, 2020. There is no cost to register.
Marie Elliot, Business Consultant with the Small Business Development Center; Rich Houtteman, Community Affairs Manager for Consumers Energy; Melissa Marietti-Evans, Commercial Lender at Northern Initiatives, Thomas Hawley, Executive Director of College Relations at West Shore Community College and Scott Rumsey, Owner of Ed’s Orchard Market and President of Hesperia Area Chamber of Commerce will volunteer as judges for the event.
For more information, visit pitchnorth.com or contact Julie Burrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231.335.1985
Pitch North is hosted by The Right Place, Inc. and made possible through support from Consumers Energy, The Fremont Area Community Foundation, Northern Initiatives, Gerber Federal Credit Union, Shelby State Bank, River Country Chamber of Commerce and West Shore Community College.