And then there were two. A pair of finalists have been selected in a Business Pitch Competition being delivered by the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC). The owners of Scott Coffee Co. and Ontario Wild are set to compete in a pitch-off next month, with the winner receiving a grand prize valued at $15,000.
The pitch-off is happening at the SSMEDC’s Bridges to Better Business event on the evening of Thursday, October 19. The entrepreneurs will be scored live by 50% audience votes and 50% from an expert panel of judges. At the forum, there will also be a keynote speech from Erin Bury, a tech commentator for CTV News who was named one of Marketing Magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30.” Taking place at Quattro Hotel & Conference Centre, tickets for the event are $20, which includes dinner. Space is limited. To order tickets, CLICK HERE.
As part of BDC’s Small Business Week, the SSMEDC is also hosting a free learning forum for high school and post-secondary students at 1 p.m. on October 19 at Algoma University’s George Leach Centre. Erin Bury will be speaking and sharing her wisdom at this event as well.
“Part of our mandate is to build and foster entrepreneurism in the community, and hosting these types of educational forums provides the public with a great opportunity to come out, learn and network,” said Dan Hollingsworth, Executive Director of Business Development for the SSMEDC. “Bridges to Better Business is one of our flagship events, and I look forward to welcoming guests at this year’s event on October 19.”
The Pitch Competition is made possible with sponsors Laidlaw Paciocco Dumanski Spadafora & Johnson, Dawson & Keenan Insurance, Community First, BDO Canada, Algoma Insurance Brokers, TD Bank, KPMG, and Dumanski Office Interiors/Compass Imaging. This contest is also supported by the following community partners: Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre and its YouLaunch program, and Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste. Marie & Area.
The competition is being facilitated by the team at the SSMEDC’s Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship. Located at the Machine Shop on the former St. Marys Paper site, the facility is home to the organization’s small business support staff, along with a business incubator that hosts seven companies. Online: www.themillworks.ca.