KOSBE Offers "Perfect Pitch" Contest Application Building Workshop

September 17, 2014

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) will host “Perfect Pitch: 5 Ways to Make Your Contest Application Stand Out” on Wednesday, October 1 from 12 to 1 p.m. at your Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. The event is co-sponsored by the Small Business Development Center ETSU – Kingsport Affiliate, Small Business Association (SBA), and Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. Lunch will be provided.

The workshop is open to small business owners and entrepreneurs interested in entering into a small business contest or that are simply interested in strengthening their business pitch. Attendees will hear tips from past judges and past award winners. Attendees should also expect to learn how to tackle some of the toughest interview questions and how to tailor a contest application to stand out from the crowd.

This workshop is to be led by Aundrea Wilcox, KOSBE Executive Director, and Chelsie Gregory, Creative Dynamo at Rae Design and past KOSBE Awards judge.

KOSBE is now accepting applications and nominations for the 20th Annual KOSBE Awards. Selections will be made by an expert panel of judges based on an in-person interview, and how well the entries meet the following criteria: customer relationship strategy, story of success overcoming adversity, community involvement, financial strength, best practices, marketing creativity and presented strategies for growth. Download the official rules and contest application at www.kosbeawards.org.

When asked who should apply, the KOSBE Executive Director responded: “Sometimes, long-standing small businesses are the hardest to change and reinvigorate. Don’t ever think that you are too old and experienced to fool around with local contests and competitions. In truth, you have the best chance to win, because you have a proven track record of success and the battle scars to go with it. Your participation will also show your customers that you have not let the fire go out and become complacent with the status quo; and you are willing to work to remain the best in the business. Let everyone know that this is just one more milestone in the continuing development of your company. And if you’re a startup, even if you don’t win, you will certainly get noticed. This is a tremendous opportunity for growth for any business regardless of size, industry sector or time in business."

There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required. Please R.S.V.P. online at http://bit.ly/SOApp, or by contacting Dana Glenn, who can be reached at 423.392.8825 or dglenn@tsbdc.org.

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Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Dana Glenn at 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100, Kingsport, TN 37660 or at 423-392-8825.