The ‘Perfect Pitch’ Competition is around the corner! Entrepreneurs nationwide are trying to gain national exposure and product placement at major retailers. And ‘Perfect Pitch’ is the best chance to do so. SCORE, mentors to America’s small businesses are the main sponsor of the competition. They also have the support of the MagicMakers Group (MMG), a collective of former Disney executives and experts.
‘Perfect Pitch’ is collaborating with the TV program America’s Big Deal, granting participants the chance to appear in the show. There, they will pitch their products to home viewers. At the end of each episode, the contestant with the highest sales gets could strike a deal with either Lowe’s, Macy’s, or QVC/HSN.
The contestants would also receive:
- National exposure.
- Potentially secure major investments.
- Networking opportunities with Walmart, Sam’s Club, and other retailers.
How ‘Perfect Pitch’ works
To help entrepreneurs prepare for the contest, SCORE offered free training on how to successfully pitch a product. Each of the 237 entrepreneurs competing works with one of SCORE’s expert, volunteer mentors to provide one-on-one coaching and guidance. Mentors work with their mentees to review business plans and provide feedback, resources, tools, and support.
“Pitch events are a prime example of how SCORE fosters small business success through mentoring and education,” explains Ed Coleman, a certified SCORE mentor and district director for SCORE Washington DC. “SCORE can help small business owners prepare their products to sell, pitch to key retail executives and ultimately achieve their business dreams.”
Small business owners benefit from mentor support
Entrepreneurs and ‘Perfect Pitch’ contestants have seen the positive results of their participation. Javier and Jasmine Huertas, owners of Cusina Maya Cookware based in Chesterland, Ohio, appreciated the opportunity. “Not only did we receive excellent coaching. It enabled us to focus our message and brand and perfect our elevator pitch”, the Huertas commented. “SCORE consistently pushed us to be better. They gave us the tools, support, and opportunities that we would not have found on our own. We are thankful for this opportunity to grow and for the mentors that are cheering us on.”
SCORE New York City client Odaisha Ajayi, owner of Bailey’s Furr Pup Cafe, said ‘Perfect Pitch’ helped her grow. “When I partnered with a SCORE mentor, it challenged me as a business owner,” she said. “I had to think and grow in areas I had not considered before.”
Since 1964, SCORE has helped 11 million entrepreneurs start or grow a business. The company is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. SCORE’s 10,000 volunteers provide:
- Free mentoring.
- Educational services to 1,500+ communities nationwide.
- Created 25,084 new businesses and 71,475 non-owner jobs in 2021 alone.