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 155

Issue 155
April/May 2018

Cover Story


Shane Broadwell

On The Job

On The Job

Success Stories

The Digital Hyve

My Turn

Thanks to Trump, Investigative Journalism Is Alive and Well

Economic Trends

Business Competition Has Record Number of Applicants

Last Page

Sarfraz Mian