Entrepreneurs vie for national exposure at ‘Perfect Pitch’ event

Small business owners have the chance to be featured on America’s Big Deal and/or network with major retailers

WASHINGTON, August 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Entrepreneurs across the country are competing this summer for national exposure and product placement at major retailers through the “Perfect Pitch,” sponsored by SCOREmentors for American small businesses, and the MagicMakers Group (MMG), a collective of former Disney executives and experts.

Participants in “Perfect Pitch” have the chance to be featured on the television show America’s Big Deal to showcase their products to viewers at home. At the end of each episode, the contestant with the highest sales has the option of making a deal with Lowe’s, Macy’s, or QVC/HSN.

Attendees of SCORE’s “Perfect Pitch” event also benefit from national exposure and the opportunity to secure major investment, distribution or networking opportunities with Walmart, Sam’s Club and other retailers.

How ‘Perfect Pitch’ works

To help entrepreneurs prepare for the competition, SCORE offered free training on how to pitch a product successfully. Each of the 237 competing entrepreneurs was then paired with one of SCORE’s expert and volunteer mentors to provide one-on-one coaching and advice. Mentors worked with their mentees to review business plans, provide feedback, resources, tools and support.

Entrepreneurs pitched their product pitch to panelists from SCORE, MMG, Retail Launch Pop-Up Shops for Sam’s Club and America’s Big Deal for a chance to be selected to appear on America’s Big Deal or get an opportunity with a major retailer.

“Pitch events are a great example of how SCORE drives small business success through mentorship and education,” says Ed Coleman, SCORE Certified Mentor and District Director for SCORE Washington DC. “SCORE can help small business owners prepare their products for sale, pitch them to key retail executives, and ultimately achieve their business dreams.”

Small business owners benefit from the support of a mentor

Entrepreneurs and participants in the “Perfect Pitch” Javier and Jasmine Huertasowners of Cusina Maya Cookware based in Chesterland, Ohioappreciated the opportunity: “Not only did we receive great coaching, but it allowed us to focus our message and brand and perfect our elevator pitch. SCORE has constantly pushed us to improve, giving us the tools, the support and opportunities that we would not have found on our own.We are grateful for this opportunity to grow and for the mentors who encourage us.

SCORE New York City Customer Odaisha Ajayi, owner of Bailey’s Furr Pup Cafe, said “Perfect Pitch” has helped her grow: “When I partnered with a SCORE mentor, it challenged me, as an owner of business, to think and grow in areas I hadn’t considered before.”

SCORE supports entrepreneurs at every stage of their small business journey, providing expert mentorship, resilience training, and on-demand educational resources. Visit SCORE.org to learn more.

About SCORE:

Since 1964, SCORE has helped 11 million entrepreneurs start or grow a business. SCORE’s 10,000 volunteers provide free mentorship, workshops and educational services to more than 1,500 communities nationwide, creating 25,084 new businesses and 71,475 non-ownership jobs in 2021 alone. Visit SCORE at www .score.org. Follow @SCOREMentors on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration.

Meghan Dooley
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