SCORE Chicago, in conjunction with AARP, hosted a pitch competition this past October for Black and Minority Small Business Owners in the Chicago area. A group of SCORE Chicago mentors spent more than 250 hours coordinating the competition. The event offered four grants of $10,000 in prize money to competition winners. Businesses with at least 51% Black or Minority ownership were encouraged to apply.
Ten applicants were invited to attend the event to present in the Pitch Competition. Each of the finalists had the opportunity to work one-on-one with a SCORE Chicago mentor to perfect their pitch prior to the event. Finalists and their immediate families were invited to attend. Both SCORE Mentors and representatives from AARP sat on the judge's panel. The four winners included Robin Shannon, Founder of Chicago Healing Connection, Ellen Boyd Founder of Boyd's Urban Animal Care, Cecelia Towns-Scott Founder of Honor Period Apparel, and Pamela Jones Founder of Charboy's Natural Sauces and Marinades.
Hear what the Pitch Competition Finalists had to say about their experience in this video produced by the SCORE Chicago chapter.