Are you coming to our August 25th Competition Pitch Gala Event? We hope so. We have an exciting lineup planned and five phenomenal businesses who will be vying for $20,000 in prizes.

The gala begins at 3 pm, when under the eaves outside at The Mendocino College Theater in Ukiah, Frey Vineyards, North Coast Brewery and Slam Dunk pizza will put out their wares. Sip delicious cold beverages and sample Slam Dunk’s legendary pizza while being entertained by Mama Grows Funk – a Fort Bragg-based funk band.  Children are welcome and non-alcoholic beverages are on tap as well.

At 4 pm the show will begin. Inside the 450-person theater, everyone will get a voting ballot as they enter and take their seats.  Then we’ll hear from our amazing sponsors and a few very special guests, including Isabel Guzman, Director, Office of the Small Business Advocate, Governor Newsom’s Office.

At 4:30 pm, the first of our five finalists take the stage. You’ll hear about their business, their market, customers and big ideas – and what they could achieve with $10,000. Listen closely – because YOU will be voting, along with three expert judges, on who wins. After the last finalist has finished, the audience will cast their ballots.

Winners will get their prize checks onstage – we can’t wait to see who the audience picks from these awesome businesses. Every one of them is truly amazing and each represent the new spirit and innovative ideas that Mendocino County is known for.

See you there!

Tickets for the Startup Mendocino Competition Gala Are Now on Sale

This family-friendly event takes place in Ukiah at the Mendocino College theater on August 25th. Tickets are $10 and include beer, wine, refreshments, local food and prizes — and most importantly, a chance to cast your vote to determine who will win the grand prize for Startup Mendocino. Click here to buy tickets now.

Startup Mendocino is a Business Bootcamp and Pitch Competition designed to spark new thinking about what is possible in Mendocino County through entrepreneurship. Startup Mendocino is sponsored by the West Business Development Center, America’s SBDC, The John and Sandra Mayfield Economic Development Fund at the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, Adventist Hospital, Savings Bank of Mendocino County, Economic Development and Financing Corporation, Mendocino College, North Coast Brewery, Harvest Market, The John Pack and Linda Francis Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, Ukiah Chambers of Commerce, Mendocino Coast Chambers of Commerce and Willits Chambers of Commerce and The Coast – KOZT, and the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity.

Startup Mendocino is supported by the Small Business Administration and California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Office of Business & Economic Development.

As always, to sign up for free business advising from WestBDC go here

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