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Savannah SCORE, the nation’s largest provider of free business mentoring services and educational programs for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners presents the finalists for the September 7 “BizPitch Savannah™” entrepreneurial competition, PUBLIC INVITED –FREE ADMISSION

The Program:

 These innovative, aspiring local entrepreneurs have been chosen as finalists in Savannah SCORE’s “BizPitch Savannah” ™, a kinder, gentler version of TV’s “Shark Tank” entrepreneurial competition. On Friday, September 7, from 4:00-6:30 PM, at the Creative Coast, 2222 Bull St, Savannah, the finalists will pitch their business ideas to a panel of five judges. Three winners will be selected and each will receive $2500 in cash and a package of professional business services worth an estimated $7,500 to help launch their new businesses.The finalists were selected from a large group of applicants by SCORE’s Application Review Committee based on the creativity and innovativeness of the idea, the quality and thoroughness of the proposal, and the financial viability of the proposed business. The finalists and their proposed businesses are, in alphabetical order:

The Finalists:

Mark Bruemmer – “XSCapacity.net” – Bringing businesses with underutilized resources together with potential buyers or renters via the Internet

Carrie Christian and Kristie Duncan – “Scribble Subscription Box” – Creative art play for children through innovative craft-projects-in-a-box offered by monthly subscription

Jennifer Farago – “Studio 53” – Community Sewing Center offering people at all levels of sewing skill and experience access to space, equipment, supplies, training and camaraderie

Jason King – “Heel!” – Veterinary Network App designed to foster cooperation and information sharing between veterinarians and pet owners to promote quality pet care and medication compliance.

Latora Bostic – "Geechee Grub” – A restaurant celebrating the unique cuisine, culture, and heritage of the Geechee people of the Low Country.

Michelle-Anne Mallebranche – “Brez-Soleil” Beach Sunshades – Customizable, artistic, easily portable beach sunshades supported by sturdy bamboo posts.

Leandro Perversi – “Mate’ Pods” – K-Cup®-style Yerba Mate Capsules for use in standard coffee machines or specially designed infusion units

Ian Reddick – “Mercury Modular Guitars” – Beautiful professional grade electric guitars that quickly disassemble to fit in carry-on luggage and/or easily convert to different models

Our Sponsors:

AWARDING SPONSORS


BB&T
MassMutual

SPONSORS


City of Savannah Office of Business Opportunity 
Savannah Economic Development Authority 
Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Assistance Corporation
Wells Fargo – The Private Bank
Yates-Astro

IN-KIND SPONSORS


Ad Specialty Services
ArcMedia Group
ATDC
Bouhan Falligant 
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
Enmarket
Habersham Beverage
HunterMaclean
Kenkel Design
Podcast On The Go, LLC 
Publix
Red Eye Film Productions
Salesdialers.com
Sand Dollar Accounting Services
Savannah Morning News / GateHouse Media 
University of Georgia Small Business Development Center
The Creative Coast
The Detail Department

For more info please contact Savannah SCORE at bizpitchsavannah@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Savannah SCORE Receives National Business Education Award”


At SCORE's National Leadership Conference in Jacksonville, FL, Savannah SCORE received the "Outstanding Client Education Program" award for 2018. This award recognizes the growth of Savannah SCORE's business education programs during FY2018 and the positive impact these programs have had on aspiring local entrepreneurs, small business owners, active members of the U.S. military, veterans, and students at both the College and High School level. Michael Siegel, Savannah SCORE's Chapter Chair said, "This award is a tribute to the teamwork, commitment and dedication of Savannah SCORE's Volunteer Mentors to support Savannah's vibrant small business community."

SCORE is the largest provider of free business mentoring and business education programs in the nation. Over the last two years, Savannah SCORE, rated in the top 10% of SCORE's 320 chapters nationwide, has helped establish 299 new businesses and create nearly 500 new non-owner jobs in the Savannah area. On September 7 at 4:00 PM, Savannah SCORE is presenting the "BizPitch Savannah™" entrepreneurial competition at the Bull Street Labs at 2222 Bull Street, Savannah, GA. Applications to win $10,000 in cash and prizes to help launch new businesses are available at http://bizpitchsavannah.com.

For more information about Savannah SCORE or to schedule a free business mentoring session, go to https://savannah.score.org or call 912-652-4335.


"On behalf of the Savannah Chapter of SCORE, Savannah Business Mentor Tom Norris, left, accepts SCORE's 2018 "Outstanding Client Education Program" award from SCORE National President Ken Yancey, right".

 

A New Service for Savannah’s Busy Business Community

Savannah SCORE Expands Our Free Mentoring Hours

To better serve the needs of aspiring entrepreneurs and owners of existing businesses in our community, Savannah SCORE has expanded its free business mentoring hours. In addition to SCORE’s M-F 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM schedule, identical services are also available Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00PM, Fridays at 8:00 AM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The new hours are for scheduled appointments in the SCORE office at 111 E. Liberty St, and are effective immediately. SCORE is the largest provider of free small business services in the United States. In 2017, SCORE helped establish 166 new businesses, and create 213 new non-owner jobs. To schedule a free meeting with a SCORE certified mentor, go to https://savannah.score.org/find-mentor-305 or call Savannah SCORE at (912)-652-4335.

 

 

Savannah SCORE is proud to be a sponsor of Savannah's "2017 State of Small Business" event that took place on Friday, December 1, 2017. At this livestreaming event, eleven of Savannah's top business leaders presented their assessment of the current and future environment for small businesses in our community. View the presentations and benefit from the invaluable perspectives of the presenters.

 

State of Small Business Video on YouTube

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