The Junior League of New Orleans has selected five finalists for a business pitch competition at 9:30 a.m. March 14 during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.
The winner of the two-hour pitch contest, which is open to the public at the Chicory at 610 S. Peters St., will receive grant money, mentoring and other professional services.
“We received nearly 30 applications representing a variety of industries. From designers to professional service providers, the applicants demonstrated innovation, thoughtfulness and passion,” said the group’s president, Shannon Able.
The finalists include Monkey Hill Apparel, which creates NOLA-inspired play clothes for children; Precision Payment Services, a merchant-services broker; Sarah’s Pet Care Revolution, which provides pet-related services; the Southern Letterpress, which uses hand-operated printing presses to create signs; and Windowsill Pies, which bake handmade pies and tarts.
The nonprofit will work with the winner to develop goals for a plan to address their business’s needs. The winner also will receive a $2,500 grant, a technology grant of up to $2,500, access to work and meeting space, nonprofit board training and marketing opportunities with the organization’s membership.
Finalists will make 10-minute presentations at the contest. Votes from the audience and a panel of judges will decide the winner.