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Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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On an average day, Trina Worrell Benjamin handles invoices, returns calls and emails, directs a team of nearly a dozen employees and manages a client roster that has included big names like Rite Aid and Toys“R”Us. She admits her first steps into entrepreneurship were not easy. But with the help of…

Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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Lock Haven University SBDC Joins Forces with LivePlan for Student Business Pitch Competition

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The Lock Haven University SBDC and the Pennsylvania College of Technology have teamed up with LivePlan, a leading business pitching and planning software, for a student “Pitch Page” competition this fall. Although participants need to be current students at Lock Haven University or Pennsylvania College of Technology, the competition is open to both undergraduates and graduate students in any major and entrants can be either full time or part time students.

The goal of this competition is to engage new and existing students, community members, and local supporters of small businesses as they learn about how to increase effectiveness through cloud-based collaboration tools. Participants will use the newest business pitching and planning software, LivePlan, to produce actionable/trackable business pitches that bring real life business planning into the classroom.   

Each student entrant will use the LivePlan software and the “lean planning” approach while also giving them the opportunity to win over $4,000 in cash and prizes to help further their business concept.

Along the way, Palo Alto Software, the makers of LivePlan, will provide free webinars that include small business tips and advice on the most effective ways to use LivePlan.

To enter the competition, student participants are required to complete and submit the “Pitch Page” feature on LivePlan by signing up for a LivePlan account here. Once students have completed the Pitch Page, they are required to publish their pitch, and copy the URL into this submission form. Applicants can click here to see a sample LivePlan pitch page for inspiration.

Submissions will be judged based on:

  • Completeness of entry
  • Quality and clarity of communication
  • Perceived feasibility of forecast elements
  • Strength of communication of the unique challenges and solutions
  • Individual appeal of final Pitch product (to judges panel)

Calendar of Events:

  • TBD – Webinar #1: “Training on how to use LivePlan to create a business plan” – Registration link to come
  • Aug 31 – Contest is live and open for entry
  • Sept 9-10 – Webinar #2:”Training on how to use LivePlan to create a business plan” – Registration link to come
  • Oct 2  – ENTRY DEADLINE | Submit Pitch page
  • Nov 18  – Live event in PA for top 10 entrants to pitch live
  • Nov 20  – Inform winners and announce in email
  • Nov 23 – Distribute Prizes

Prizes Include:

3 Winner Placements: Best Business Pitch, 1st Runner-up Business Pitch, 2nd Runner-up Business Pitch

  • $4,000 cash (1st – $2,500, 2nd – $1,000, 3rd – $500)
  • Mentoring by Palo Alto Software for one year including 4 free 1-hour live short courses (1/quarter)  ($4,000 value)
  • Free LivePlan account for 1 year
  • Media release announcing as winner including pitching in region ($1,000 value)

Judging Panel

  • Sabrina Parsons – CEO, Palo Alto Software
  • Caroline Cummings – VP of Business Development, Palo Alto Software
  • Tim Keohane – Center Director, Lock Haven Small Business Development Center
  • Additional judges to be selected from local sponsors and partners

ENTER NOW (to submit your LivePlan pitch page).

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