Aroostook Pitch Application- May 2020
Please answer the questions below and submit this form by 11:59pm on Friday, May 1, 2020 to be included in this round of the Marketing Mini-Grant/Pitch Contest.
The Mini-Grant Pitch Contest will be held on Tuesday May 12th between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm at New Ventures Maine, UMPI, 181 Maine St, Preble Hall, Room 239, Presque Isle.
When your application is received you will be notified of your pitch time and next steps. Pitchers will be allotted 10 minutes, including question and answers.
Eligible applicants include individual micro business owners, business partners, or groups of business owners. Non-profit organizations are not eligible. Criteria for the contest: having 5 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, have sales in the current calendar year, and gross annual sales of no more than $250,000.
New Ventures Maine’s mini-grants support new or expanded business marketing and promotion, not the production of product or purchase of equipment, tools, furnishings, or other fixed assets. Professional licensure for the owner or employees and/or membership fees will not be funded. Marketing projects must be current or future projects; we are not able to fund past marketing projects (reimbursement is not available).
Applications will be judged on the following criteria:
• Clarity of presentation- Are you able to clearly communicate the details of your project and how it fits into your overall marketing goals? What are your goals for your proposed project and why is it important?
• Specificity of project- What specific tasks will you accomplish in your marketing project? What is your timeline for completing your project? Clearly delineate the expenses of your project and how the grant funds will be utilized. Price quotes are encouraged.
• Benefit & impact on the business- How will this grant benefit and impact your business? Will it strengthen your brand? Extend your business connections? Help you reach new markets? How much increased revenue would this project allow?
Have questions? Need more Info? Want a complete set of guidelines? Prefer to mail or e-mail an application?
Contact Karin Petrin at 207-768-9468 or
Name(s), Business name, Address, Phone, Website, Facebook, etc.
Tell us briefly about your business
What is your mission, and what products or services do you offer?
How many full-time and part-time employees do you have? (Not including owner or owners.)
What are your annual gross sales?
Have you received sales revenue in the current year?
Describe your marketing project
What marketing project are you proposing to do? How will mini-grant funds be used? What are the specific tasks, elements, timeline and financial details of your project? Please include quotes if available.
Describe the benefit and impact
Will this project allow you to extend your business connections? Will it strengthen your brand/increase visibility for your business? How many new customers and/or amount of increased sales will this project allow? How will you evaluate the impact of this marketing project?
Business and marketing plan
How does this marketing project fit into your overall business and marketing plan? Will this project enhance ongoing strategies or help to create new marketing tools and strategies?
Address the following: grant amount you are requesting. (not to exceed $1000); match funds you have available; total amount for your project.
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