Kickstart Wayne County awards $40,000 prize in pitch competition

Earlier this year, Wayne County Economic Development announced a new initiative aimed at encouraging businesses to grow and expand locally.

Dubbed Kickstart Wayne County, the program promised to award a $40,000 prize to the winner of a Shark-Tank-Style pitch competition. This past Wednesday evening, 10 finalists were invited to make their case for the potentially game-changing small business funding.


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From existing businesses to brand new endeavours, local entrepreneurs pitched everything from hot sauce to heating pellets.

Judges, who included local business professionals and small business experts, asked questions of each presenter. Many were focused on both short and long-term impact on the local economy, with a focus on adding jobs or revenue to the Wayne County tax base.

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