Friday February 10, 2017

New Elevator Pitch Competition Available for Veteran Entrepreneurs

Finalists to be featured at Start Up & Grow Conference March 16

    The 2017 Rapid Response Elevator Pitch Competition is a new regional business competition and showcase for established small businesses owned by current U.S. military service members or veterans. It is administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    Applications from businesses established for at least one year will be accepted. First-round applications must be submitted by Thursday.

    Ten second-round semi-finalists will be selected and notified on Thursday. Second-round semi-finalists must submit proof of military service and a 90-second video of their elevator pitch as instructed by March 1. Three final-round finalists will be selected and notified on March 3.

    The top-three finalists will be showcased at the 2017 Operation: Start Up & Grow Conference on March 16 at the SRC Arena in Syracuse.

    Finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of judges and over 500 conference attendees for $1,000 in cash prize money donated by Rapid Response Monitoring. All finalists will receive a cash prize to invest in their companies, with the winner receiving $500.

    Complete competition rules, eligibility and forms are available at For questions about the competition, contact Michael Stout, SBA veteran business development officer, at or 315-471-9393 ext. 226.

Oswego County Business Magazine
Issue 149

Issue 149
April/May 2017

Cover Story

  • John Cerniglia
  • Main concern is about matching physician with hospital, community

  • Stacy Varre
  • No. 1 priority is offering a high level of customer service

  • Christopher Mitchell
  • Recruiting the right physicians can take months, sometimes years, hundreds of communications and many meetings

  • Deborah Tuttle
  • Unlike other hospitals in the area, SUNY Upstate relies on each department to recruit its own physicians


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