Uplift Michigan™ PITCH BLACK Training Program

Michigan SBDC’s PITCH BLACK Grand Rapids is a unique pitch competition aimed toward uplifting Black-owned businesses in Kent County.

Our Uplift Michigan training will help you create a dynamic business pitch to compete for your share of $10,000 in cash awards.

To be considered for the PITCH BLACK competition, completion of the training program is required.

Applications for Pitch Black Grand Rapids are now closed. Meet the contestants at michigansbdc.org/pitch-black-gr and join us for the live event on September 28!

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Uplift Michigan PITCH BLACK training preparation offers:
  • Interactive 1 hour mentor led virtual group learning once a week for 6 weeks.
  • Personal 1:1 business coaching with a Michigan SBDC consultant.
  • Easy-to-use training content.
  • Peer support.

Upon successful completion, participants will be equipped with a pitch presentation and a pitch deck for a 3 – 5 minute competition. This content can also be used for additional opportunities.

There is no cost to participate.

APPLICATIONS: Applications close on Friday, July 14th, 5 p.m. ET.

SELECTED PARTICIPANTS: Will be notified of acceptance by Friday, July 21st.
Save the date for the virtual kick-off session on Wednesday, August 2, 12 p.m. ET.

PITCH BLACK competition is held in-person on Thursday, September 28th.

(Priority will be given to geographically disadvantaged areas, and/or economically disadvantaged or diverse small businesses.)

For more information visit our website: https://michigansbdc.org/get-started/upliftmichigan/

The Michigan SBDC’s Uplift Michigan program is generously funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

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