Pitch It In Fremont


Maybe it’s an idea for starting your own business.
Perhaps you want to expand the business you already have.
Or you’ve come up with the ‘next big thing’ and want to share it with the world.

No matter what your dream is, participate in Pitch It In Fremont! and get the information and resources to help you achieve those goals.

Show up October 4th to hear the pitches!

Pitch It In Fremont! is a business competition for entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners.
As a participant, you have the option of attending a free series of five business-focused
seminars designed to inspire and help you develop and refine your pitch.

At the end of the series, you will present your pitch to a panel of entrepreneurs and business owners to try and convince them of the viability of your idea. Winners will receive:

  • Cash Prize
  • Branding and Logo Design
  • Website Design
  • Fremont Chamber of Commerce Membership
  • Discounted Office or Retail Lease
    Options for One Year



Thursday, July 19, 2018: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Business Seminar
Thursday, August 2, 2018: Building an Entrepreneurial Team Seminar
Thursday, August 16, 2018: Intro to Small Business Accounting and Taxes Seminar
Thursday, August 30, 2018: deadline for pitch competition applications
Thursday, September 6, 2018: Behind the Numbers: Raising Capital Seminar
Thursday, September 20, 2018: Smart Marketing for Your Small Business Seminar
Thursday, October 4, 2018: Pitch It In Fremont! Competition / PRESENTATIONS

All seminars will take place at the First State Bank & Trust Education Center on 23rd street


The Entrepreneur's Guide To Business

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
at First State Bank & Trust – Education Center

Designing a business isn’t a one-time activity—it’s a continuous and evolving pursuit that requires dedication, a mindset of continuous learning, and resilience. This seminar is designed for those thinking about starting a business, launching a new product or service, and even those in the beginning stages of a new venture. You’ll learn the fundamental elements of what makes a business successful, the basics of business planning, the myths and realities of entrepreneurship, and the steps you must take to turn your idea and passion into a reality. If you’re serious about starting and/or growing your business, this is a can’t-miss session that will help you explore the most crucial questions and answers.

Building An Entrepreneurial Team

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
at First State Bank & Trust – Education Center

Most successful startups are built on the backs of two or more co-founders. In order to get something new off the ground, it takes multiple people being directly (and sometimes indirectly) involved. The one-man army is a myth. Are you aware of your own talent to build and areas where you will need the talent of others? Are others joining you in this new venture? Do you know how they work and how best to work with them? In this session, we will focus on the “10 Talents of Successful Builders”, as identified by research from The Gallup Organization and it’s “BP10” Builder Profile assessment, and discuss the importance of leveraging those strengths to build a winning entrepreneurial team.

Intro To Small Business Accounting & Taxes

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
at First State Bank & Trust – Education Center

There are many things to consider when starting a new business. Should you incorporate or form an LLC? Do you need to hire an accountant or can you do it yourself? What kind of liability insurance should you carry? The stakes are much higher—and the consequences can be costly—if the wrong decision is made in these areas. The good news is you don’t have to navigate these details alone. This session will give you some pointers on legal structures, how to handle the day-to-day bookkeeping and bigger picture accounting, as well as how to best protect yourself and your family. More importantly, you’ll leave with some resources you can contact, as well as the questions you need to ask.

Behind The Numbers: Raising Capital

Thursday, September 6, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm
at First State Bank & Trust – Education Center

The resource that business owners worry about most is money. What if you need new equipment to manufacture your products? Do you need to invest in other assets to expand your business? Raising capital is a mix of art and science. And while it’s never easy, it’s also not as difficult as you may think. This session will cover some key questions: How much money can you raise? How much money should you raise? When is the right time to approach investors—and which investors make the most sense for your business? We’ll also discuss where to find investors, various funding options, the components of a term sheet, how to perform key valuations, and how to make your pitch to investors.

Smart Marketing For Your Small Business

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
at First State Bank & Trust – Education Center

Reality: If you don’t have customers, you don’t have a business. Marketing for any new business can be focused on two primary areas: (1) What are you selling? How are you selling it? To whom are you selling it? (2) How do you best leverage your limited marketing resources? This session will introduce key marketing concepts, methods, and strategic issues relevant for start-up and early stage entrepreneurs. We’ll also explore the power of storytelling, how to leverage social media, and effective lead generation.

Pitch It In Fremont! Competition

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
at the May Brother’s Building (6th & Park)

This is the day you’ve been working towards! Your pitch presentation is polished and ready to go. You know your business model, your target audience, projected revenues, and you have a plan for reaching your goals. Now you will present your idea and business plan to our panel of judges—all of whom are entrepreneurs and business owners from the area—and try to convince them that YOU are the 2018 Pitch It In Fremont! Winner. Ready to take the next step? Apply today!


Tom Winter, Member of Nebraska Angel Investors
Joan Buchman Miller, CPA CVA, Shaw, Hull, and Navarette
John Rohlfs, SVP & Head of Lending, First State Bank and Trust
Vincent Laboy, Regional Publisher, Lee Enterprises
Shonna Dorsey, Talent Consultant, Founder of the Interface School
Gary Clark, Executive Director, Greater Fremont Development Council
Scott Strain, Co-Owner, Kros Strain Brewing Company

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Prize and In-Kind Sponsors: