Learn the Art of the Business Pitch at Sept. 29 Workshop

September 19, 2012, 5:06 PM HST
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A workshop on the art of perfecting your business pitch in order to increase sales and promote your business will be held Saturday, September 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the NELHA Gateway Center in Kailua-Kona.

The event is sponsored by the County of Hawai‘i Department of Research and Development and is organized by Friends of NELHA, Hawaii Small Business Development Center, re: Sales & Marketing, and Hawai‘i Community College.

Attendees will spend the day in an energetic environment learning one of the most important skills available to a business or non-profit; the art of “the pitch.”

A pitch is an opportunity to sell your story about your business. Your pitch will answer the question: “What do you do for a living?”, “Why should I buy from you?”, “Why should I give to your non-profit?”, or “Why should I invest in your business?”

Whether you are working with a non-profit or running a business, having an effective business pitch is an essential business skill.


The day starts with a series of interactive workshops that build up to a competitive pitchfest. Participants pitch against each other for the title “Hottest Pitch on the Island” and a mystery prize.


The day ends with an “American Idol-like” pitchfest with celebrity judges Jim Lally, partner emeritus; Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Don Straney, chancellor, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo; and Cathy Wiltse, state director, Hawaii SBDC.

Tickets are $50 for participation in the boot-camp and pitchfest. Admission includes: continental breakfast, lunch, and the pitchin’ pizza party.  Tickets are available at

Participation is limited to 25 pitches. If you are not ready to pitch your business but would prefer to watch the activities, $20 pitchfest audience tickets, limited to 40 people, are available on special ticket includes the pizza party. Entry time for this ticket is 2:45 to 3 p.m.


For info, visit or Hawaii SBDC at (808) 327-3680.

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