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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Five finalists to compete in Pitch ‘N’ Pontiac competition

CEED Lending is hosting the first live Pitch ‘N’ Pontiac competition, 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 at the Pontiac Creative Arts Center, 47 Williams St., Pontiac. Five Pontiac-based finalists were selected from a group of new and existing small business owners who pitched their ideas in the first round of judging.
The finalists will compete for their share of $15,000 cash along with pro-bono business services.
CEED Lending and Talmer Bank launched the Pitch “N” Pontiac pitch competition.
“Pitch “N” Pontiac is a great event for the city of Pontiac, Lysa Davis, Talmer Bank CRA officer said in a statement. “Providing business services to the contest winners will go a long way in helping them build a successful business, which in turn, aids the economic development in the area.”

The finalists
• Vanessa Coleman, Pontiac Community Hospice, support services
• James Forbes and April Forbes, Menagerie Kitchen, pop up restaurant/incubator kitchen,
• Carrie Hauser, Sprout Fresh Food Store, healthy food store, find Sprout Fresh Food Store on Facebook.
• Evan Monaghan and Ashleigh Altemann, Plain and Fancy Food, food services company, find Plain and Fancy Food on Facebook.
• Tanesha Taylor, Quest, Cheer, and Dance, dance and gymnastics studio, find Quest Cheer & Dance LLC on Facebook.

CEED Lending (Center for Empowerment and Economic Development) is an initiative of The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council. For more information, contact Belinda Turner-DuBois, loan officer, at or 734-677-1400.

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