Elevator Pitch Contest Prize Finalists Announced

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For Immediate Release                                                                      SCORE Contact:
September 24, 2013                                                                     Doug Nohe

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

CHICAGO, Il, September 24 – SCORE Chicago and the City of Chicago Treasurer’s Office are pleased to announce the Finalists in the Second Annual Elevator Pitch Plus Contest. 

#51                            Ariane Fisher                                       Storymix Media
#171                          Kasra Moshkani                                  HireBrite
#178                         Molly Meyer                                         Rooftop Green Works 

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! 

The videos were judged by more than 50 local business and government leaders. 

You may see each of finalist videos by visiting http://scorechicago.org/elevator-speech-finalists/ 

The winners will be honored at the Small Business Entrepreneurial Expo on Friday, October 4th.  The prizes are: $5,000 for 1st Place, $2,500 for 2nd Place and $1,000. 

To see all of the entries, go to 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 312-353-7724. 

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