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Pitch Your Business Idea At The Hub City Business Competition

Awards of up to  $5000 for top business idea

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (October 7, 2016) –Do you have a brilliant product idea that will change the world? Is your startup company the next big thing? Is your business ready to explode?  Then the inaugural Hub City Business Competition will give you a chance to prove it and maybe even win some investment capital.

Local economic development agencies including the Washington County Department of Business Development, City of Hagerstown’s Community and Economic Development, USMH, the Chamber of Commerce, Washington County SBDC and SCORE have partnered to host the “Shark Tank” style pitch competition November 17, 2016 at Hagerstown Community College’s Kepler Performing & Visual Arts Education Center.

Entrepreneurs, startup or growing companies with a new idea are encouraged to submit an entry online at All entries will be screened and will have access to local business development resources to help perfect their business model. 

Selected entrants will be invited to present to a celebrity judging panel made up of local business and civic leaders. First prize will be $2500 with $1000 for second place and $500 for the audience’s favorite pitch.

The event will also feature a startup expo in the theater lobby where several economic development agencies will be available to answer questions, provide startup information, business funding options and advice. Gain exposure for your business and get a chance to network with potential customers and other entrepreneurs.

Entry into the competition and admission to the event are free. The deadline to apply is October 28 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Finalists will be notified by November 10, 2016, of their selection to pitch at the competition.

To submit an application form or for complete information please, visit or email to For more information about the competition contact Robert Bower, or 240-727-8210.

Media requesting additional information, should contact Public Relations and Community Affairs Manager James Jenkins at 240-313-2384.




About the Washington County Department of Business Development
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