The BIG Challenge Winners Announced
People from across the region gathered in Le Mars, Iowa on November 18th to attend The BIG Challenge pitch competition to determine the recipients of $10,000 in grant funds and to support entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout the region. Organizers of the competition are pleased to announce Wollmuth Insurance from Sibley as the first-place winner and recipient of $5,000. Midwest Designs from Sheldon was awarded second place and $2,500, and Hardly General from Moville was awarded third place and $1,500. Lovechatas from Sioux City and Friedrichsen Meat Company from Sutherland also received $500 each. These funds are provided to the business owners to help expand their businesses in northwest Iowa.
Included in picture are all five finalists and judges.
The BIG Challenge is a program for entrepreneurs and small business owners to earn grant funds to start or grow their business. To participate, owners upload their entrepreneurial expansion or startup ideas during an online portion of the program. Entrants then encourage friends, family and customers to vote for them online to advance to the pitch off event.
The BIG Challenge is organized and sponsored by the economic development organizations that are a part of Iowa’s West Coast Initiative, Northwest Iowa Development and Siouxland Economic Development Corporation.