Impact Pitch: Businesses Making Communities Better

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IMPACT Pitch 2020 Was AMAZING!  Take a look at the contest highlights:

Congratulations to our Winners!

  • Juice & Flowers won for Best Startup Business
  • Farm Unlimited won for Best Early Stage Business
  • Recipe 33 won for Best Establish Business
  • The Boba Toons won the Audience Favorite Video Award

Thank you to all of the 10 finalists for their amazing work and growth over the contest.  We are very impressed with their businesses and they should be proud of all they have accomplished.

We Gave Away $30,000 to Small Businesses Making an Impact in Communities!

impact pitch awards
  • Grand Prizes: $5000 each for Established, Early Stage and Idea/Startup Businesses
  • Audience Favorite Video Award: $1000
  • Finalist Grants: $800 to all 10 finalists
  • Business Model Award: $500 to 2 entrants from each business-ownership: women, people of color, immigrant/refugee, LGBTQ+, veteran, and rural were given out earlier in the competition

 

Watch the top 10 Finalists' marketing videos!

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IMPACT Pitch is a chance for idea-phase, startup, or existing businesses with a strong business plan/idea and a focus on positively impacting their communities to win cash prizes totaling $30,000. In addition to the cash prizes available, everyone who applies and continues through contest rounds will get something just as valuable: personal business coaching, powerful new tools for more effective business planning and strategy, and more. We offer a host of practical insights and tools to help small business owners become their most successful selves.

Business Impact NW has a mission to help small businesses grow so local communities thrive.  We do this by supporting communities of color, female, veteran, immigrant and refugee, LGBTQ+, and rural entrepreneurs. IMPACT Pitch is an opportunity for traditionally underserved small business owners who are committed to bettering their local communities to receive targeted technical assistance and finance opportunities. As they move through the contest rounds, contestants will have the support of our coaching and training staff, including planning, creating, and/or improving their:

    • Community Impact
    • Basic Business Plan & Strategy
    • Feasibility: Financials, Market Research, Sustainability Plan
    • Marketing Video
    • Small Business Pitch

IMPACT Pitch ended with the live virtual pitch event in 2020, an evening dedicated to celebrating diverse entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout the Pacific Northwest. At this live event, selected semi-finalists pitched their start-up, early stage or established businesses to panels of judges for the chance to win the cash award prizes.

We enjoyed seeing so many supporters of our local economies join us in supporting these small-business owners at our culminating pitch competition. The final round LIVE pitch event was held virtually on October 8, 2020.

It's Happening!!!

Supporting all small business owners, entrepreneurs, and aspiring entrepreneurs who are positively impacting their communities.

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2020 Winners

Juice & Flowers Co LLC

Quincy Duckworth

Startup/Idea Stage Business

Farm Unlimited

Eric Farm

Early Stage Business

Recipe 33 Inc

Dan Smith

Established Business

The Boba Toons

Dale Reyes

Audience Favorite Video Award

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2020 Finalists

Farm Unlimited

Eric Farm

Early Stage Business

IYN Stands

Kelly Louden

Established Business

Juice & Flowers Co LLC

Quincy Duckworth

Startup/Idea Stage Business

Ro & Eli, Inc. Mocel Mezcal

Rosalinda Mendoza

Startup/Idea Stage Business

Recipe 33 Inc

Dan Smith

Established Business

Simone Pin Productions LLC

Shadae Jenkins and Annya Pintak

Early Stage Business

Sprout! Growing Solutions

Aleta Manameyer

Startup/Idea Stage Business

The Boba Toons

Dale Reyes

Startup/Idea Stage Business

THE PALACIA CHAMBERLAIN LEE SALON LLC

Palacia Scott

Early Stage Business

Zora Co

Ivy Galloway

Early Stage Business

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2020 Business Model Award Winners

Àṣẹ Asana & Wellness - IMPACT Pitch BMA Winner

Àṣẹ Asana & Wellness

Community of Color Owned Award
Adam Jabari Jefferson

Babi Wata - IMPACT Pitch BMA Winner

Babi Wata

LGBTQ+ Owned Award 
Le'Ecia Farmer

DM Consulting LLC - IMPACT Pitch BMA Winner

DM Consult LLC - Job Search Master Class

Women Owned Award 
Dana Manciagli

Farm Unlimited

Veteran Owned Award
Eric Farm

Pham & Rodriquez Innovations - IMPACT Pitch BMA Winner

Pham & Rodriquez Innovations, LLC

Veteran Owned Award
LTC Gerardo Rodriquez

Rijij - IMPACT Pitch BMA Winner

RIJIJ, LLC

Immigrant/Refugee Owned Award
Reza Sakhi

Mocel Mezcal

Rural Owned Award 
Rosalinda Mendoza

Simone Pin Productions

LGBTQ+ Owned Award
Annya Pintak and Shadae Jenkins

The Boba Toons

Immigrant/Refugee Owned Award
Dale Johnson C. Reyes

The PaLacia ChamberLain Lee Salon

Community of Color Owned Award
Palacia Scott

Sprout!

Rural Owned Award 
Aleta Mankamyer

Strategic Event Procurement - IMPACT Pitch BMA Winner

Strategic Event Procurement

Woman Owned Award
Therese Jardine

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2019 Event Wrap Up

On Thursday, September 19, 2019 Business Impact NW awarded $30,000 to Pacific Northwest small business owners at the fourth annual IMPACT Pitch competition presented by Harborstone Credit Union. Of 76 total applicants, eight made it to the final round to compete for the title of Best Established or Best Startup/Early Stage Business and the distinction of being a small business awarded for their positive social impact. Watch the 2019 event video and get inspired to apply or join us at the 5th annual competition in 2020!

Links to:

event blog, judge blog, photos, and business coaching

2019 winners –  Headshots, stories, and links to their videos

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2019 Impact Pitch Grand Prize Winners

Yoga Wild

Best Startup/Early-Stage Business
Casey Hubbell & Kelsey Alshememry

Kids Carpentry Seattle

Best Established Business
Loren Kite

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2019 Impact Pitch Mission Award Winners

Simone Pin Productions

Community of Color Owned Award 
Annya Pintak & Shadae Jenkins

Pivotal Center

Immigrant/Refugee Owned Award
Dafna Chen & Tracy Reinhardt-Nelson

The Cura Co.

Women Owned Award 
Akiko Waters

Rocky Butte Coffee Roasters

Veteran Owned Award
James M. Helms, Nathan Dunbar & Bryan Atkinson

Girl Boss Sports

LGBTQ+ Owned Award
Sarah Wolfer

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2019 Impact Pitch Finalists

Kaffeeklatsch Cafe/Bakery

Annette Heide-Jessen

Orca Swim School Inc

Cori & Bruce Myka

The Cura Co.

Akiko Waters

Girl Boss Sports

Sarah Wolfer

PopSmartKids

Priyanka Raha

Rocky Butte Coffee Roasters

James M. Helms, Nathan Dunbar & Bryan Atkinson

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When I started the business I wrote a business plan. I thought about what my profit margin would be and the cost of goods, but to really sit down and have an exact spreadsheet and to think what’s next? What does next year look like? What does three years look like? This was so helpful. And I think that’s why the competition was designed, to get business owners who are at the startup or at the idea phase to really think those things through – each step.

Leah Brushett

Founding Owner of Mother Snacker
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2020 Presenting Partner

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2020 Full Event Sponsors

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2020 Business Award Sponsors

2020 Finalist Award Sponsors

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2020 In-Kind Sponsors & Promotional Partners

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Sustaining Sponsors & Partners

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Interested in being an Event Sponsor? View our Sponsor Guide or contact alyssap@businessimpactnw.org

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