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Mar 18, 2023

WELLSBURG — Several people today or groups with recommendations for new business ventures will vie for many thousands of dollars to help them make their objectives a reality in a contest to be held Tuesday at Brooke Larger College.

The Ohio Valley Firm Alliance Corp. will hold its initially Firm Pitch Contest at 5:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

Admission is entirely free of charge for the occasion, which OVBAC member David Klick expects to be really fascinating.

“We have a lot of guys and girls who have location a lot of time and believed into their projects,” talked about Klick, noting the seven competitors from Brooke and Hancock counties with ambitions for a wide selection of enterprises.

Klick is co-chairing the occasion with Dr. Heather Stone and Joan Simonetti.

He is amongst lots of alliance members with preceding ties to the Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce and the former Brooke County Monetary Improvement Authority, which had teamed for many years to hold business pitch contests.

“This year I’d say we have the best applicants thinking about that I’ve been involved with the pitch. And it is the biggest pot for the winners,” he talked about.

Klick talked about thanks to the generosity of nearby corporations and other organizations, the group will divide $eight,000 amongst the two winners, with the most significant quantity going to the 1 certain that regions initially.

He noted the prize income will be disbursed as the two business concepts are made.

Klick talked about the contest is comparable in format to television’s “Shark Tank,” with the contestants supplied a restricted time to supply their proposals to a panel of five judges.

The five are: Luke Diserio, chief executive officer of American Muscle Docks and Fabrication Kelly Jeffers, winner of the final business pitch Ingrid Loy, a advertising instructor at West Liberty University Jay McLaughlin, vice president of accounting and finance at Wheeling-Nippon Steel and Weirton lawyer Michael Simon.

Just about every of the contestants has been instructed to prepare a presentation that includes estimated charges for their endeavor, their targeted marketplace location and their vision for the business in two to five years.

“We have a lot of guys and girls who have location a lot of time and believed into their projects,” talked about Klick.

To help the contestants prepare, the Ohio Valley Firm Alliance has invited them to the West Virginia Smaller sized Firm Improvement Center’s Inspiring You series of seminars and referring them to other sources.

Held at the Brooke County Public Library, the entirely free of charge seminars present you guidance to aspiring and present business owners in subjects ranging from producing a business plan to advertising their goods and options to potential clientele to understanding monetary statements.

In addition to the event’s sponsors, Klick expressed thanks to the chambers of commerce of Weirton, Follansbee and Wellsburg, which also have supplied help and Brooke County college officials for creating the auditorium readily accessible for the group.

He talked about the group hopes to spur monetary improvement all via the Northern Panhandle and sees events like the contest as a way to help that.

“We really feel this could truly be sufficient to move the needle for somebody,” talked about Klick.

(Scott can be contacted at wscott@heraldstaronline.com.)

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