West Des Moines, IA

Des Moines Minority Business Owners Can Pitch to Win $10,000

Kimberly Ritter

Are you a minority business owner looking to expand your business? If so, an upcoming West Des Moines event is one that you won’t want to miss!

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Image courtesy of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce.

In an effort to increase minority businesses across the country and position Iowa as a place to start and lead a minority business, the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce will hold the Black and Brown Business Summit next month.

Scheduled April 22 to 23, 2021, the Black and Brown Business Summit will feature a pitch competition and workshop on the first day. The second day will feature keynote speakers, networking opportunities and breakout sessions. Topics for the breakout sessions will include discussions for both established businesses and new entrepreneurs on financial and legal topics as well as marketing and social media.

Created to elevate ethnic minorities and bring BIPOC businesses together, the Black and Brown Business Summit was created to assist with connection building, programming, promotion, training, and to provide resources to help businesses grow and prosper.

Keynote speakers for the event include: George Herrera is the founder and President & CEO of the Herrera-Cristina Group, Ltd, a Hispanic-owned, multidisciplinary management firm and Brandon Copeland, an 8-year NFL veteran, Ivy League professor, financial education consultant, philanthropist, and real estate developer.

Black and Brown Business Summit Pitch Competition
The first day of the Summit will be a pitch competition and will serve as an opportunity for up to 30 businesses to workshop the way they “pitch” their organization. At the end of the day, 5 to 6 individuals from the workshop will be selected to present their pitch to a panel of judges to win $10,000 in cash prizes.

In order to be eligible, applying businesses must be at least 51% minority-owned. Applicants also must also have an established business with more than 2 years in business. Only for-profit businesses are eligible to pitch and companies need to have under 50 employees and under $2.5M in annual revenue.

Are you interested in working on your pitch and possibly winning a cash award? Interested applicants can apply here. There is no fee in order to apply. Applicants are also asked to create and submit a 1 minute promo video about themselves and their company.

The video portion of the application can be filmed or recorded on a computer or phone and does not have to be professionally filmed. Submissions must be under one minute. Existing promo videos including 1 minute excerpts can be submitted. Preferred formats for submission are Vimeo and YouTube links rather than video files.

Videos and written applications are due at 11 p.m. on March 26. Late or incomplete applications will not be eligible.

Purchasing Tickets for the Black and Brown Business Summit

Onsite event participation is limited. Virtual tickets are $15. Limited in-person tickets are available for $15. For those attending in person, social distancing and masks are required.

With the purchase of a Summit ticket, attendees can upgrade for an additional $50. This upgrade includes a membership to the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce. Additional upgrade benefits include the following:

  • Your curated products/services highlighted on the Shop Where I Live website
  • Your curated products/services featured during Diversity Week April 12-18, 2021.
  • Your business owner featured on the Vendor Portal for the Summit
  • Professional photo shoot of your products (up to 20 photos, applies to businesses within the Greater Des Moines metro area. Deadline March 26.) – value of $100

Value of Investment = $275+

Have questions about this event? Contact info@wdmchamber.org. More information about the Summit can be found at wdmchamber.org/bbbsummit.

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