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  • HarborOne Bank Hosts 2022 Small Business Pitch Contest

    Registration open through August 31 for small business operators. Top prize is $10,000 to launch or expand a product or service business.
     
    HarborOne Bank today announced the kick-off of its Seventh Annual Small Business Pitch Contest to support the launch or expansion of small businesses in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

    Registration and entries are open through August 31 to compete for a top prize of $10,000 from HarborOne to help launch or expand a new or existing product or service. In addition to providing a business overview, financials, and other information such as customer demographics and projected job creation, entrants must answer the following questions:

    • How would you use $10,000 to grow your business?
    • What types of challenges have you faced and how did you overcome them?
    • What piece of advice would you give to an entrepreneur looking to start their own business?
    “Our annual Small Business Pitch Contest is not only an opportunity for HarborOne Bank to provide visibility and financial support to dynamic, exciting small businesses, it has also become a regional celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Joseph Casey, President and CEO of HarborOne Bank. “The finalists who ‘pitch’ their business ideas to us live are always filled with energy, drive and creativity.”

    A select panel of business experts will screen the initial entries and choose up to eight applicants to pitch their ideas. Applicants will be notified no later than September 12, 2022. Presentations are limited to five minutes and finalists also take part in a Q &A with the judging panel. The committee will announce the winner at HarborOne Bank’s Providence Branch on September 27, 2022. 

    Past winners of the HarborOne Small Business Pitch Contest have gone on to both successful new business launches and expansions of existing operations.

    Last year, first place and the $10,000 prize went to Azure Cygler, owner of Rhody Wild Sea Gardens in Narragansett, RI. Cygler is a sea gardener who is “growing kelp for climate change.” And in 2020 the $10,000 prize went to sisters Mary Lattouf and Nada Lattouf of Lulu Green Café Bakery Juice Bar of South Boston. Lulu Green creates all-natural vegetarian organic food and cold pressed juices with vibrant flavors.
     
    About HarborOne Bank
    HarborOne Bank, headquartered in Massachusetts, with $4.6 billion in assets. HarborOne Bank serves the financial needs of consumers, businesses, and municipalities throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island through a network of 30 full-service branches, and two commercial loan offices in Boston and Providence.  The Bank also provides a range of educational services through “HarborOne U,” with content and classes available on personal finance and small business delivered virtually as well as at community locations throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  HarborOne Mortgage, LLC, a subsidiary of HarborOne Bank, is a full-service mortgage lender with offices throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire and is licensed in seven additional states.

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