5th Business Pitch Challenge Announced for 2023

New & Aspiring Business Owners Encouraged to Apply by Jan. 26

Entries are open for Mandan’s fifth Business Pitch Challenge scheduled for March 23, 2023. Prizes include the chance to be eligible for up to a $10,000 forgivable loan from the Mandan Growth Fund plus other cash awards, services and merchandise useful to new businesses. The competition overview, prize list and application are posted at www.cityofmandan.com/businesspitch.

The Mandan Tomorrow - Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Committee is hosting the challenge to assist prospective and start-up businesses in fine-tuning ideas and plans to secure investment, financing and other support needed to advance businesses from concept to launch, form early stage to success and profitability.

Coordinators of the Pitch Challenge are City of Mandan Business Development, the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC and North Dakota Small Business Development Centers. Organizers want to help inspire and support a culture of entrepreneurism.

Winners of prior contests are Bubbles and Brews ND, 2022; Letter the Lawn, 2021; Latidot Scoop and Gift Shop, 2019; and Nordic Steel Building Systems, 2018. Other finalists have also gone on to open and expand businesses in Mandan.

Prize donors include Starion Bank, Security First Bank, Gate City Bank, First International Bank and Trust, Townsquare Media, Goodhart  and Associates, Haga Kommer, Kelsch Ruff Kranda & Ludwig Law Firm, and the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC.