6 County Fast Pitch Coming to Henry, Mercer, Stark, Henderson, Warren and Knox Counties Find out more at Informational Meetings in October at four locations

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October 10, 2017
A team of local economic development leaders are planning a 6 County Fast Pitch Competition in March 2018 to provide entrepreneurs with the resources they need to turn their ideas into new businesses or products that will be based in Henry, Henderson, Knox, Mercer, Stark, or Warren Counties. Several information sessions set for October will explain the process.

Similar to what’s seen on “Shark Tank”  the 6 County Fast Pitch Competition consists of presentation made to judges during individual, confidential sessions for a chance to win cash, prizes, advertising, and professional small business consultation that will help them turn their idea into reality. Eligible participants will get to “pitch” a business idea that could be developed in one of the participating counties to judges with business, investment, development, and marketing backgrounds. “We’ve had success doing this is the past, helping 11 new businesses start, existing businesses grow, and new products get started.” said Russell Medley, Community and Economic Development Educator who helped organize the Henry and Stark Fast Pitch Competitions in 2013, 2014 and 2015.  
To find out more about the upcoming competition, interested participants are invited to attend information sessions at one of the following locations, with all programs starting at 6:00 p.m.
October 17, Knox Agri Center, 180 South Soangetaha Road, Galesburg, IL
October 19, Black Hawk Community Education Center, 404 E. Third St., Kewanee, IL
October 24, Warren County Farm Bureau Office, 1000 North Main, Monmouth, IL
October 26, Community Room of the Fire Station, 211 S. E. 3rd Street, Aledo, IL
Sign up online at University of Illinois Extension’s website: or call UI Extension Community and Economic Development Educators Carrie McKillip serving Henderson, Knox and Warren Counties at (309) 342-5108 or Russell Medley serving Henry, Mercer, and Stark Counties at (309) 756-9978.
The 2018 contest will take place on March 14, 2017. Applications to enter the competition are due by January 31, 2017. Practice Sessions for those selected will take place on February 12, with professionals helping candidates hone their presentation skills. More information can also be found at
Organizations that are helping plan the 6 County Fast Pitch event are: Carl Sandburg College, City of Aledo, City of Galva, First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, Galesburg Chamber of Commerce, Kewanee Economic Development Corp, Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development, Mercer County: Better Together, Stark County Economic Development, University of Illinois Extension, Western Illinois University Small Business Development Center, and Workforce Investment Board of Western Illinois.  University of Illinois Extension officer equal opportunities in programs and employment.
Russell Medley, Economic Development Educator
(309) 756-9978

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