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Nonprofit to award over $18K in entrepreneurial competition

YWCA Lower Cape Fear is hosting a competition for women business owners to have a chance for the endeavors to be funded. (Courtesy photo)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — A local women’s organization announces an upcoming pitch competition to inspire and support businesswomen in the area.

The YWCA Lower Cape Fear is inviting local, women-owned businesses to compete to win funding for its endeavors. On May 14, Level Up! Women’s Small Business Conference and Pitch Competition will be held in Windell Daniels Hall at Cape Fear Community College Union Station, located at 502 N. Front St., from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The event features a panel of noteworthy speakers sharing insights and experience, followed by a Level Up Luncheon, and then the pitch competition. Competitors will pitch their company to a panel of experienced judges. Winners will be determined based on a number of factors, including scalability, innovation, and potential market success. 

Grant money from YWCA USA and P&G allows first place winner to receive $7,500, second place winner to receive $6,000, and third place winner to receive $5,000 to use towards their businesses. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other businesswomen, obtain insight on the myriad of challenges that come with advancing a company, and receive support from community members. 

Tickets for the small business conference, pitch competition and lunch are priced at $40. Tickets for the pitch competition and lunch are priced at $30. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and those interested should contact Sonya Peele at Both tickets can be purchased here.

Those interested in applying for the pitch competition can do so here. 

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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