Entreprenuers prepare for pitch of their lives

Five businesses will pitch their stories to the Peoria community as part of their final project.
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Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 1:46 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - Five business owners are preparing for the pitch of their lives.

It’s a part of the gBeta program under Distillery Labs, with three out of five of them are women-owned businesses, 25News caught up with the owner of Bear’s Bites Sam Hutchinson says having this moment will help her grow significantly.

She began her dog treat and food business when she noticed her dogs were suffering from food allergies.

Now, she is shipping the treats worldwide.

During Tuesday night’s showcase, she will be able to pitch her business to investors to increase her manufacturing abilities.

“Alot of my fellow business owners are very technical businesses and I’m over here like I make dog treats let’s do this so I always am who I am.” Said Samm Hutchison, Owner & Founder, Bear’s Bites

Since her launch, she continues to grow, so she’s looking to take on investors, “in manufacturing that requires a lot of equipment so we’re looking at taking on investors but I had no idea what that even meant.”

She just finished the gBeta program through Distillery Labs.

It’s a program designed to help entrepreneurs scale and grow to prepare to take on more equity.

She says, “I reached out to Nate and Nate was like hey we have this fantastic program you need to be in it. This is what you need and gosh I’ve learned so much. Just the knowledge I have learned has been just amazing.”

Nathan Domenighini, the gBeta, Managing Director says “it levels them up. It puts them in a position to really excel and scale their businesses to be more of a national company and create jobs here in Peoria.”

The gBeta Managing Director says, the business who are a part of this cohort are creating jobs here in the River City.

Five businesses will pitch their stories to the Peoria community as part of their final project.

It’s a way for them to practice and network with people who can put them in a position to expand.

Domenighini says, “when they are ready to go seek capital to help them scale their businesses. They are able to go out there with a pitch deck to go approach investors or maybe go give presentations to potential partners in the future.”

The event runs begins at 3:30pm and runs until 8pm this evening at the Scottish Rite Theater.