Winners of Mandan’s first Business Pitch Challenge held Nov. 13 are Juan Carlos Dominguez and Jared Stober of Nordic Steel Systems.
They received $500 cash, the chance to be eligible for a $10,000 forgivable loan from the Mandan Growth Fund, plus a host of other prizes to assist their entrepreneurial journey. Nordic Steel Systems provides the construction industry with innovate concrete-free foundations and exterior wall-systems.
First runner-up is Kimberly Bloms for Steps Ahead Therapy, with 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 receive a $3,000 advertising package from National Day Calendar.
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 new 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. A five-person selection committee previously picked finalists after reviewing applications and executive summaries of business plans.