June 1, 2023

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WELLSBURG — A number of folks or groups with suggestions for new company ventures will vie for quite a few hundreds of dollars to assist them make their aims a truth in a contest to be held Tuesday at Brooke Significant School.

The Ohio Valley Business Alliance Corp. will hold its very first Organization Pitch Contest at 5:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

Admission is absolutely free for the party, which OVBAC member David Klick expects to be quite fascinating.

“We have a ton of people today who have put a ton of time and believed into their tasks,” stated Klick, noting the 7 competition from Brooke and Hancock counties with ambitions for a large vary of enterprises.

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

He is between many alliance users with earlier ties to the Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce and the former Brooke County Economic Improvement Authority, which had teamed for several decades to keep enterprise pitch contests.

“This year I’d say we have the finest applicants considering that I have been concerned with the pitch. And it is the major pot for the winners,” he said.

Klick said thanks to the generosity of local enterprises and other corporations, the group will divide $8,000 amid the two winners, with the premier amount of money going to the one that areas 1st.

He mentioned the prize funds will be disbursed as the two organization ideas are made.

Klick stated the contest is comparable in structure to television’s “Shark Tank,” with the contestants specified a constrained time to produce their proposals to a panel of five judges.

The five are: Luke Diserio, chief executive officer of American Muscle mass Docks and Fabrication Kelly Jeffers, winner of the last business enterprise pitch Ingrid Loy, a marketing teacher at West Liberty College Jay McLaughlin, vice president of accounting and finance at Wheeling-Nippon Steel and Weirton attorney Michael Simon.

Each of the contestants has been instructed to put together a presentation that includes approximated costs for their endeavor, their focused industry and their vision for the business in two to five decades.

“We have a great deal of individuals who have place a good deal of time and considered into their tasks,” claimed Klick.

To aid the contestants prepare, the Ohio Valley Company Alliance has invited them to the West Virginia Little Company Development Center’s Inspiring You sequence of seminars and referring them to other assets.

Held at the Brooke County General public Library, the cost-free seminars supply direction to aspiring and current business enterprise owners in subjects ranging from acquiring a enterprise plan to marketing and advertising their goods and products and services to likely prospects to knowledge financial statements.

In addition to the event’s sponsors, Klick expressed many thanks to the chambers of commerce of Weirton, Follansbee and Wellsburg, which also have provided assistance and Brooke County college officers for producing the auditorium offered for the group.

He reported the team hopes to spur financial advancement all through the Northern Panhandle and sees gatherings like the contest as a way to aid that.

“We consider this could really be sufficient to transfer the needle for someone,” reported Klick.

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