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IMPACT Pitch 2022 Will Award $36,000 to Small Businesses Making a Big Impact

Impact Pitch is an opportunity for small businesses at any stage making a positive impact in their community to win prizes totaling more than $30,000. During the process, participating entrepreneurs strengthen their business plans and receive a dedicated business coach to guide them through the 5 rounds of the competition.

The competition runs from June 6th - October 6th, 2022 and culminates with a live business pitch presentation from all 10 finalists.

  • Grand Prizes: $5,000 each for Best Startup Business, Best Early Stage Business, and Best Established Business
  • Audience Favorite Video Award: $1,000
  • Finalist Grants: $1,000 to each of the 10 finalists
  • Community Impact Awards: $1,000 to businesses in the first 2 rounds with the 2 highest scores of both rounds combined in each of our community emphasis categories: Woman-owned, BIPOC-owned, immigrant/refugee-owned, LGBTQ+-owned, Veteran-owned, and other military-connected businesses.

2021 Winners:

  • We Become LLC won for Best Startup Business
  • Urban Log Studios won for Best Early Stage Business
  • REWIRE won for Best Established Business
  • The Nice & Naked Cafe won the Audience Favorite Video Award
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Participating in Impact Pitch is free. In addition to the prizes available, all participants gain the following throughout their journey: personal business coaching, powerful new tools for more effective business planning and strategy, and more.

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.

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

Interested in being a sponsor for Impact Pitch 2022?
Contact us!

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2021 WINNERS

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We Become

Winner
Best Startup Business
Emily Wright (they/she)

Urban Log Studios

Winner
Best Early Stage Business
Andrew & Alexis Nicholls

REWIRE

Winner
Best Established Business
Xenia Kachur

The Nice and Naked Cafe

Winner
Audience Favorite Video 
Nicole Ping & Faical Naamane

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2021 FINALISTS

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We Become

Finalist
Category: Idea/Startup
Emily Wright (they/she)

Resume Scripter LLC

Finalist
Category: Early Stage Business
Andrea Gerson

Lola's LLC

Finalist
Category: Established Business
Ashley White

Strong Family Bonds LLC

Finalist
Category: Established Business
Makieda Hart

Lundberg Yoga and Wellness, LLC

Finalist
Category: Early Stage Business
Rachel Lundberg

Urban Log Studios

Finalist
Category: Early Stage Business
Andrew Nicholls

The Nice and Naked Cafe

Finalist
Category: Idea/Startup
Nicole Ping & Faical Naamane

Wyldwood Creative

Finalist
Category: Early Stage Business
Tawnee Kinnebrew

Bowser Beer/3 Busy Dogs, Inc.

Finalist
Category: Established Business
Jennifer Brown & Jess Arnett

REWIRE

Finalist
Category: Established Business

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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

Community Collaboratory

Community Impact Award
Category: LGBTQ+-Owned
Aaron Flaster

Stratton Kehl Publications, Inc.

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

Love Practices

Community Impact Award
Category: Immigrant-Owned
Dafna Chen

Uva Furem Winery

Community Impact Award
Category: Veteran-Owned
Jens Hansen

Elevate Home Care

Community Impact Award
Category: Military Spouse-Owned
Elizabeth Ecklund

Valiant Health Solutions LLC

Community Impact Award
Category: Women-Owned
Dori Babcock

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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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2022 Presenting Partner

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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

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