Last week’s IMPACT Pitch was a huge success! On October 8th, 2020 Business Impact NW awarded $30,000 to Pacific Northwest small business owners. It was the 5th annual IMPACT Pitch competition presented by Harborstone Credit Union. IMPACT Pitch brings our mission of growing businesses that create jobs in underserved communities to center stage.
“IMPACT Pitch is what our work at Business Impact NW is all about: growing underserved small businesses so that local communities can thrive.” – Business Impact NW President and CEO, Joe Sky-Tucker
Ten out of 74 applicants made it to the final round this year. The candidates competed for: the title of ‘Audience Favorite Video’, ‘Best Startup’, ‘Best Early Stage’, ‘Best Established Business’ and the distinction of being a small business awarded for their positive social impact. All of this year’s finalists presented outstanding pitches. However, only four of our finalists stole the show and won IMPACT Pitch 2020. Let’s meet them…
Juice and Flowers LLC —
Start Up Business Award Winner
This year’s Start Up Business Award winner was Juice and Flowers founder Quincy Duckworth. Quincy is on a mission to change how people start their day. Juice and Flowers LLC is a community of color-owned on-demand food truck and beverage start-up. Their aim is to increase access to healthy food in Tacoma, WA.
Winning IMPACT Pitch will enable Juice and Flowers to launch the production of their line of farm sourced health-conscious breakfast options and cold-pressed juices. For Quincy, Juice and Flowers is all about providing healthy, accessible, and affordable breakfast options to his community. “Going through the pitch competition validated my business idea while advancing my entrepreneurial spirit,” stated Quincy.
Congratulations Quincy! Your work to provide accessible healthy food options is critical–we are so excited for you.
Farm Unlimited —
Early Stage Business Award Winner
For Eric Farm, founder of Farm Unlimited, “Winning IMPACT Pitch 2020 was the cumulation of six months of hard work by our team at Farm Unlimited. This competition gave us the opportunity to better define, and refine, our assumptions and business model; and affirms the path we are on to becoming the leading forestry consulting company in SW Oregon. We’re very honored to have been chosen in a category with so many outstanding businesses.” Farm Unlimited is a 100% veteran-owned Forestry Consulting Firm. The firm provides technical forestry consulting services to small and large timberland owners across Oregon.
Winning IMPACT Pitch will allow Eric to continue supporting his staff and continue providing meaningful employment opportunities for professionals in rural SW Oregon. All while growing his own positive impact.
Congratulations Eric! We are excited to support Farm Unlimited’s important work!
RECIPE 33 —
Established Business Award Winner
RECIPE 33 blew away our judges away with their sharp business plan, market connections, and delicious product line for our Established Business Category. RECIPE 33 is a healthy premium snack brand that uses real ingredients. No artificial seasoning is added to provide delicious and healthy flavored nut snacks. Recipe 33 offer’s five delicious flavored almonds including Black Truffle, Smoky Serrano, Lemon Rosemary, Garlic Dill, and Cinnamon Vanilla.
“The last two years working to establish RECIPE33 has been many long hours, questions about funding the growth of our brand, and more than 500 product demonstrations. It is an honor to win the Business Impact Northwest Pitch competition but it is even more humbling to compete with a class of incredible entrepreneurs who are just as passionate about their own businesses,” stated Dan Smith, founder of RECIPE 33. With the funds from IMPACT Pitch Dan hopes to expand RECIPE 33’s product line and distribution beyond the Pacific Northwest. His plan is to feed hungry snackers across the nation.
Congratulations Dan! We can’t wait to witness your impressive growth!
The Boba Toons —
Audience Favorite Video Award Winner
The audience votes kept flooding in for The Boba Toons marketing video in the days leading up to IMPACT Pitch so it was hardly a surprise when Dales C. Reyes Johnson, founder of the Boba Toons won the Audience Favorite Video Award. His uplifting and inspiring Boba Toons commercial stole the show. The Boba Toons is a veteran-owned cartoon-themed boba tea start-up in Oak Harbor. It will provide the first ever boba tea shop to Whidbey Island therefore meeting a critical need and providing a meeting space for the Whidbey Island community. Winning IMPACT Pitch will support The Boba Toons upcoming historical grand opening.
Congratulations Dale! You are an inspiration for veteran entrepreneurs everywhere!
BMA Award Winners —
With a mission to serve historically disenfranchised entrepreneurs, Business Impact NW also awarded $500 mission awards to twelve worthy small businesses. DM Consult LLC-Job Search Master Class and Strategic Event Procurement received the Best Women-Owned Business awards. Simone Pin Productions and Babi Wata won the LGBTQ+ Owned Awards. Ase Asana & Wellness and the Palacia Chamberlain Lee Salon received the Best Community of Color-Owned Awards. Farm Unlimited and Pham Rodriquez Innovations LLC won the Best Veteran Owned awards and the Booba Toons and Rijij LLC received the Best Immigrant/Refugee-Owned Awards, Sprout! Growing Solutions and Mocel Mezcal won the Best Rural-Owned Business Awards.
Firstly, thank you to our finalist sponsors; Hummingbird Marketing Services and Harborstone Credit Union for making these awards – and this pitch event possible.
Secondly, thanks to our free coaching and classes offered by Business Impact NW, thanks in part to support from the US Small Business Administration. Everyone who applied and continued through the competition’s rounds received powerful new tools for more effective business planning and strategy along with personal business coaching.
About the author
Carolina is responsible for leading the Marketing and Communications department. She has a vast professional experience in marketing, market research and consulting, working with clients and organizations across many industries and in multiple Latin American countries. She earned her B.A. in Business Administration from Universidad Austral de Chile, a Master of Finance from Universidad de Chile, and a Certificate in Marketing from UC Berkeley. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, watching documentaries and volunteering.