THE CENTER for Entrepreneurial Excellence, a free business resource for Lebanon County, has slated a second Entrepreneurial PITCH competition, titled “THE Great Lebanon County PITCH”. Entrepreneurs will have the chance to win seed money to start their dream business or enhance their ideas. The CENTER will award $8000 in prize money to be divided by the winners to help kick start or grow their business.

According to The CENTER Chairperson Sherry Capello, the PITCH debuted in Lebanon County last year with great success and three entrepreneurs walked away with prize money. Red Couch Interiors, the 2021 first place winner said, “This money allowed us to grow our business by investing in 2D drafting & 3D modeling software and technology!

“We had a variety of startup business ideas by individuals who came and made their ‘pitch’ to a panel of judges, a large in person, and online audience. The CENTER offered one-on-one mentoring programs to develop or enhance a comprehensive business plan—a system we will repeat this year,” said Capello. “We are also adding educational workshops and networking opportunities.”

The timeline for the event is: 

  • September 1, 2022 – Submit your Interest in Participation. This does not mean that you have to participate. It is your consideration to participate.
  • May through October, THE CENTER will provide free workshops and SCORE Mentoring for entrepreneurs to develop and create their comprehensive business plan.
  • September 30, 2022 by 5:00 p.m. – Deadline for Final Application and Business Plan.
  • October 19, 2022 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.  – THE GREAT Lebanon County PITCH will be presented at

THE CENTER for Entrepreneurial Excellence at 989 Quentin Road, Lebanon.

THE PITCH is open to any business in Lebanon County that is expanding or altering their business model, or entrepreneur(s) with an idea to create a new business located within Lebanon County. There is no cost to participate, and all the information and the application is online at

“We’re so excited to host Lebanon County’s second annual Entrepreneurial PITCH competition! You’ll have the chance to win big money to kick-start your dream business,” added Capello. “Three winners will be receiving a part of $8,000 in prize money! We are thankful for our investors in the PITCH and small business: Fulton Bank, SCORE and Community First Fund.”

For details on how to enter THE Great Lebanon County PITCH or to discuss opportunities to get involved, the Center has planned two Networking events for budding entrepreneurs or growing businesses: Wednesday, August 24, at  4:00 p.m. at the Mt Gretna Brewery, Campbelltown, and Cakes by Moraima, Wednesday, September 14, at 8:00 a.m. To register for the events go to

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