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The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Greater Omaha Chamber REACH, and the Rotary Club of Omaha West are pleased to announce this year’s Minority Small Business Summit will be held on June 23. This year’s summit will also include a new pitch competition, providing minority-owned small businesses the opportunity to win significant funds to be used for the growth or scale of their operation.

Now in its second year, the 2022 Minority Small Business Summit is a chance for small business owners and entrepreneurs to strategize and grow at a day-long event. Attendees will have the opportunity to network, participate in educational sessions, and connect to community resources. The event will take place on June 23 at Seventy Five North – The Highlander.

New to the summit this year, the Minority Small Business Summit Pitch Competition is geared to established business owners seeking funding to branch into a new area, invest in additional marketing, or other ways to bring their business to the next level. This competition is not intended for start-up funding.

Five finalists will be selected to compete on June 23 at the Minority Small Business Summit. In addition, they will attend a practice run on June 17 where they will be given feedback and have the opportunity to refine their pitch. Prizes for the pitch competition include $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third – fifth place. Applications are now open at nbdc.unomaha.edu/msbspitch. Submissions are due by May 6 at 11:59 p.m. to omahawestpitchcompetition@gmail.com.