MARTINSVILLE – The Martinsville Chamber of Commerce will host their second annual student business pitch competition on Tuesday, December 3rd. The Duke It Out Business Pitch Competition, powered by Duke Energy, and co-hosted by the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington and the MSD of Martinsville, will take place at 6 p.m. in the community room at South Central Indiana REMC and will be open to the public.

“Students will have three minutes each to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges,” said Jamie Taylor, president/CEO of the Martinsville Chamber and chair of the Chamber’s Business & Community Development Team. “The judges will also have five minutes per applicant to ask questions. Winners with the top three pitches will receive prizes of up to $250 and free business consulting arranged by the Chamber.”

Students in 7th – 12th grade at MSD of Martinsville schools, Tabernacle Christian School and homeschools in the MSD of Martinsville school district are invited to apply for a spot in the Duke It Out competition.  A practice session for the competitors will take place on Tuesday, November 12th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Launch Martinsville inside the Main Connection at 460 S. Main St. (former school admin building).  Mentors specializing in different areas of business will be available to assist the students in developing and improving their pitches.

Members of the Martinsville Chamber of Commerce understand the need to engage our young citizens. In order to be an economically thriving city, one that young people want to return to, we must encourage entrepreneurship, develop opportunities for education, and create strategies to secure a workforce ready to meet the needs of existing and future Martinsville-area employers.

“The Chamber works in close partnership with the MSD of Martinsville careers classes and this will be a fun, but meaningful way to expose our youth to the possibilities of starting and growing their own business right here in our community,” said Taylor.  “We are looking forward to being inspired by some great young minds!”

For more information about the event, contact Jamie Taylor, Martinsville Chamber: 765.342.8110 or   info@MartinsvilleChamber.com.

About Martinsville Chamber
The Greater Martinsville Chamber of Commerce utilizes member leadership to foster economic development and community partnerships to enhance the quality of life in our community. The Chamber provides unique and comprehensive business support including networking opportunities, education, and marketing tools in a low-pressure and welcoming environment.