Impact Pitch: Businesses Making Communities Better

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IMPACT Pitch 2020 Was AMAZING!
Here are some highlights from the event:

Congratulations to our Winners!

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

Thank you to all of the 10 finalists for their amazing work and growth throughout the competition.

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

IMPACT Pitch 2021 is on October 7th from 3 - 5 PM PT

We will be awarding over $30,000 to small business owners making an impact in their communities!

impact pitch awards
    • Grand Prizes: $5,000 each for Established, Early Stage and Idea/Startup Businesses
    • Audience Favorite Video Award: $1,000
    • Finalist Grants: $800 to 8-10 finalists
    • Community Impact Award: $550 to 2 entrants from each business-ownership category: women, BIPOC, immigrant & refugee, LGBTQ+, Veteran, military spouses, and rural.

 

Watch last year's top 10 Finalists' marketing videos!

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IMPACT Pitch is an opportunity for idea-phase, startup, or existing businesses with a strong business plan or idea that focuses on positively impacting their communities to win prizes totaling more than $30,000.

In addition to the 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's mission is to help small businesses grow so local communities thrive.  We do this by supporting BIPOC, women, Veteran, immigrant, refugee, LGBTQ+, military spouse, 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.

Throughout the competition, 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.

SAVE THE DATE

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It's Happening!!!

Supporting small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who are aiming
to positively impact their communities.

Interested in being a sponsor for Impact Pitch 2021?
Contact us!

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2021 Community Impact Awardees

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Pink Moon Farm

Community Impact Award
Category: Rural-Owned
Grayson Crane

RE Tacoma

Community Impact Award
Category: BIPOC-Owned
Arianna Thornton-West

The BOBA Toons - IMPACT Pitch BMA Winner

The BOBA Toons

Community Impact Award
Category: Immigrant-Owned
Dale Johnson C. Reyes

Lola's LLC

Community Impact Award
Category: BIPOC-Owned
Ashley White

We Become

Community Impact Award
Category: LGBTQ+-Owned
Emily Wright (they/she)

Strong Family Bonds LLC

Community Impact Award
Category: Military Spouse-Owned
Makieda Hart

Urban Log Studios

Community Impact Award
Category: Veteran-Owned
Andrew Nicholls

Street Cheese LLC

Community Impact Award
Category: Women-Owned
Courtney Johnson

Uva Furem Winery

Community Impact Award
Category: Veteran-Owned
Jens Hansen

Stratton Kehl Publications, Inc.

Community Impact Award
Category: Rural-Owned
Dr. Joseph Garcia

Love Practices

Community Impact Award
Category: Immigrant-Owned
Dafna Chen

Community Collaboratory

Community Impact Award
Category: LGBTQ+-Owned
Aaron Flaster

Elevate Home Care

Community Impact Award
Category: Military Spouse-Owned
Aaron Flaster

Valiant Health Solutions LLC

Community Impact Award
Category: Women-Owned
Dori Babcock

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Kaffeeklatsch Cafe/Bakery

Annette Heide-Jessen

Orca Swim School Inc

Cori & Bruce Myka

The Cura Co.

Akiko Waters

Pink Moon Farm

Pink Moon Farm

LGBTQ+-Owned Business

Farm Unlimited

Eric Farm

Early Stage Business

Recipe 33 Inc

Dan Smith

Established Business

The Boba Toons

Dale Reyes

Audience Favorite Video Award

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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2021 Presenting Partner

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2021 Full Event Sponsors

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2020 Business Award Sponsors

2020 Finalist Award Sponsors

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2021 In-Kind Sponsors & Promotional Partners

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Sustaining Partners

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Interested in being an Event Sponsor? View our Sponsor Guides or contact development@businessimpactnw.org

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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