Elevator Pitch Contest Prize Winners Announced


For Immediate Release
October 06, 2013

SCORE Contact:
Doug Nohe

SCORE Chicago and City Treasurer Stephanie Neely announce the Winners In the Second Annual Elevator Pitch Plus Contest 

CHICAGO, Il, October 6, 2013  – SCORE Chicago and the City of Chicago Treasurer’s Office are pleased to announce the Winners in the Second Annual Elevator Pitch Plus Contest.

1st Place Winner, $5,000:       #178   Molly Meyer                Rooftop Green Works

2nd Place Winner, $2,500:      #171    Kasra Moshkani          HireBrite

3rd Place Winner, $1,000:       #51      Ariane Fisher              Storymix Media

The winners were honored at the Small Business Entrepreneurial Expo on Friday, October 4th.  The prizes were: $5,000 for 1st place, $2,500 for 2nd place and $1,000 for 3rd place. You may see each of finalist videos by visiting http://scorechicago.org/elevator-speech-winners/

The contest goal was to encourage local Chicago based small businesses to develop and use their “elevator pitch.”  This pitch is a way of communicating the business’ value proposition in an efficient and informative manner.  In a brief minute, the contestants explained what they do, how they do it and where someone can learn more.

“An elevator pitch is a fundamental business skill,” said Treasurer Stephanie Neely, “that helps turn opportunity into success.”

More than 300 entrants submitted a video of their elevator pitch, vying for their share of $8,500 in prizes and a chance to make their pitch on CAN-TV.  Each entrant was provided with an opportunity to attend a SCORE workshop specifically tailored to teach how to write and record their pitch.  In addition, they were encouraged to meet with one of the 120 local SCORE mentors for FREE face to face meetings that teach this or any other business skill, as long as the company leader requires, for the life of the business!

“We were thrilled with the quality of the entries to the contest this year,” said Score Chapter Chairman Doug Nohe, “in addition, with the help of the Treasurer’s office, all of the entrants received additional exposure through the e-marketing efforts of both organizations.”

The videos were judged by more than 50 local business and government leaders. You may see all the videos by visiting  www.snipitch.com.

About Score Chicago Score is a national non-profit volunteer organization affiliated with the Small Business Administration. We are celebrating 50 years of helping people start and grow their small business. In Chicago, we have over 120 executive and business leader volunteers that work with our clients and over 12,000 nationally.  Our services include FREE individual mentoring for as long as our clients need us, very low cost group workshops and business consulting engagements. We provide our services through face to face meetings, email, Skype, webinars, local classroom settings, and at our client’s place of business.  We provide our services in over 30 downtown and suburban locations throughout the Chicago area. We offer personalized, confidential expert advice – for the life of the business.”

For more information, visit www.scorechicago.org or by calling 312-327-1919.

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