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Pitch Perfect: ArtWorks’ Big Pitch finalists highlight local independent businesses

July 1, 2015, CityBeat Earlier this spring, area arts organization ArtWorks invited local established artists, designers, makers and overall creative entrepreneurs to participate in its second-annual Big Pitch competition. The competition matches local business owners with mentors and U.S. Bank small business specialists for a 10-week period and ends with the finalists presenting a five-minute pitch to a live audience and a panel of judges. The panel and audience vote for their favorites; the Grand Prize winner receives a $15,000 business grant, and the “Audience Choice” winner receives $5,000.

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