Ever have what you thought was a fantastic idea for a new business or product? Listen to what others have come up with at the Richland Idea Audition this Tuesday night.

The event will be held at the Ohio State University-Mansfield Founders Hall.  The focus of the pitch contest is to support new business, help entrepreneurs get a new business off the ground and introduce entrepreneurs to the community for support.

It is a way for the Richland County Foundation along with local organizations to build a culture of entrepreneurship. “Small business is the heart and soul of a community and it is a key driver to economic success in Richland County,” said Foundation President Brady Groves.

The Richland County Foundation, Richland Area Chamber of Commerce, Richland Community Development Group, the Ohio State University at Mansfield, Braintree Business Development Center, Small Business Development Center at Ashland University and SCORE of North Central Ohio announce a new pitch contest for local entrepreneurs.

“I am really excited about this collaborative opportunity to raise the visibility of entrepreneurship in our community. Richland County is a great place to launch a business and we wanted to drive that home by hosting this unique and exciting event,” said Richland Area Chamber of Commerce President Jodie Perry.

The public is encouraged to attend starting with a reception to meet the entrepreneurs at 5:30 p.m. and the final round at 6:30 p.m. Entrepreneurs will have four minutes to explain their ideas for a chance to win a top prize of $5,000. The second place idea will receive $2,500 and third place, $1,000.

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