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Juan Carlos Dominguez and Jared Stober of Nordic Steel Systems have won Mandan’s first Business Pitch Challenge.

They received $500 cash, the chance to be eligible for a $10,000 forgivable loan from the Mandan Growth Fund and other prizes to assist on their entrepreneurial journey.

Nordic Steel Systems provides the construction industry with concrete-free foundations and exterior wall-systems.

First runner-up was Kimberly Bloms. Her Steps Ahead Therapy was a proposal for a pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapy clinic.

Other finalists were RacePace Timing and Event Management, Chad Hatzenbuhler; and I 2 i Institute, Barb Sandstrom and Shawna Marion. All finalists received a $3,000 advertising package.

Judges were Blake Feil, orthodontist and co-founder of The Junto, a venture capitalist group promoting development in Bismarck and Mandan; Kodee Furst, managing partner of Annie Capital, a private capital firm investing in women entrepreneurs across North Dakota and South Dakota; Rob Knoll, chair of the Mandan Tomorrow- Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Committee and small-business owner; and Lee Weisbeck, a commercial lender and representative of the Mandan Growth Fund Committee.

There were 11 applications for the 2018 Business Pitch Challenge.

For a full list of awards and donors, visit www.cityofmandan.com/businesspitch.

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