Hy-Vee to Host OpportUNITY Inclusive Business Summit in Madison, Wisconsin
DES MOINES, IA - A unique opportunity will soon take place in Madison, Wisconsin, thanks to Hy-Vee. The retailer recently announced it is aiming to advance local minority- and women-owned companies through a networking and showcase opportunity called the Hy-Vee OpportUNITY Inclusive Business Summit.
The summit will be held Thursday, June 1, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. Attendees of the expo will find resources for small businesses, learning opportunities through presentations and panel discussions, the chance to be inspired by other brands, and more.
Local community groups and organizations, area businesses, and other professionals interested in supporting or networking with small-business owners are also invited to attend at no cost.
In addition, local minority- and women-owned businesses are invited to apply for the chance to showcase their products or services during a pitch competition at the Hy-Vee OpportUNITY Inclusive Business Summit. Selected applicants will present to a panel of judges for the chance to win up to $30,000 as an investment for future endeavors.
Hy-Vee is currently accepting submissions for local products or services for the pitch competition in various categories, including food and beverage. The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. (CDT) on May 9, 2023.
A panel of judges will select one grand-prize winner to earn $30,000. Plus, one first-place winner will be selected from each pitch category (three total) to win $5,000 each. Additional cash investments may be awarded, and select finalists may be invited to participate in further discussions regarding their product or service following the summit.
Hy-Vee remains committed to inclusivity by expanding and enhancing product and service offerings that support various needs, lifestyles, and backgrounds. The summit gives local minority- and women-owned businesses the opportunity to grow and prosper, while providing Hy-Vee customers with meaningful solutions to make their lives easier, healthier, and happier.
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