Five Black-owned businesses named finalists in Pitch Black Muskegon competition


MUSKEGON, MI – Five Black-owned businesses are finalists in the first Pitch Black Muskegon competition.

The Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) is hosting the event at the Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W. Webster Ave., on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

“Nationally, Black-owned businesses were hit the hardest by COVID-19 versus other business groups, with up to 41% closing its doors during the first part of the pandemic. While many may have reopened, there still remains a great deal of uncertainty for their future,” said a statement from Ed Garner, MI-SBDC regional director.

Jukia and Robert Fisher of JR Décor, Kaja Thornton Hunter of Kaja’s Flavor Packs, Deanna Gantt of HairbyDVG Beauty Boutique, Destinee Keener of Kuntry Cookin’ and Amanda Price of Amanda’s Frosted Dreams will share five-minute pitches for a panel of judges.

Prize packages valued at $10,000, $7,000, $5,000, $3,000 and $1,500 will award custom web development, social media, marketing and branding, accounting and legal services to the winners.

The community is invited to attend Pitch Black Muskegon. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and pitches kick off at 6:30 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to wear black attire and face masks.

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