Columbia’s Regional Economic Development Inc.’s annual #BOOM Pitch Competition will be held tomorrow in Windsor Auditorium, the first time the statewide competition has been held on campus.
The event will feature 36 contestants who will pitch their business ideas for cash prizes. A sister event—the #BOOM Entrepreneurial Summit—was held in February.
Among presenters will be Stephens senior Samantha Carter, who hopes to turn her idea for a marketing agency into a reality. The agency, Elite Marketing, doubles as Carter’s senior capstone project.
“It is intended to specialize in various forms of marketing, advertising and corporate event planning and marketing,” Carter said. “My purpose is to provide these services to small business owners wishing to expand their companies. The targeted audience is young minority women who simply need an extra push for their service or products.”
Carter envisions the marketing firm creating more jobs in the community and surrounding communities as it helps more young women reach their potential. Carter will pitch her business plan at 11:45 a.m.
Others pitching business plans include students from the University of Missouri, Missouri University of Science & Technology, Linn State, Drury University and other colleges and high schools from around the state. A full list of those competing can be found here.
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