27,500 awarded at TS Bank's Small business pitch competition
(Image: Ben Sinclair presents for FliteBrite, who walked away with $10,000 at REV.)
Council Bluffs, IA - On Thursday, Dec. 1, TS Bank held their second annual small business pitch competition event, REV, with a goal to ignite small business at Iowa Western Community College. TS Bank contributed $25,000 and Revela of Omaha sponsored with an additional $2,500, bringing the grand prize total to $27,500.
Five small businesses were given five minutes to pitch their business plans to a panel of four judges in front of a live audience. The final five competing businesses were: Terva of Ames, Iowa; Wicked Caramel Apples of LaVista, Nebraska; Lienwaivers.io of Sioux City, Iowa; FliteBrite of Des Moines, Iowa; and BEX International of Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Lienwaivers.io and FliteBrite were awarded $10,000 each. Terva was awarded $5,000, and Wicked Caramel Apples received $2,500.
"Community building initiatives like REV, make it clear that TS Bank stands behind their effort to inspire, support and accelerate entrepreneurship throughout the Midwest," said Ben McDougal, representative of FliteBrite. "It was a pleasure showcasing FliteBrite in such a big way, and the financial boost we earned at REV 2016 will help our company continue to achieve great things."
TS Bank selected four individuals as judges as experts in their field and to represent the local community. The panel of judges consisted of: Bob Mundt, president of the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce; Andrea Fredrickson, the CEO of Revela of Omaha; Rick Faber, leader of Vistage of Omaha; and Erin Dyer, member of the Omaha Chamber and starter of Kitchen Council.
TS Bank hosts this event in alignment with their mission to reinvest 10 percent of pre-tax income back into the community. Partners of this event included the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce, Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce, Corning Main Street, the IWCC Small Business Development Center, and TS Institute.
For more information about REV and its goal to "Ignite Your Business" call 712-487-3000.
About TS Bank: TS Bank’s mission is to Ignite Prosperity® in the communities it serves. Leading the resurgence of community banking, TS Bank reinvests 10% of their net income locally; hosting educational events and partners with local organizations and non-profits. Treynor State Bank was chartered in 1923 and branded to TS Bank in 2005. TS Bank has $365 million in assets, along with the largest Iowa state-chartered C-Corp trust department west of Des Moines at nearly $218 million in assets named TS Prosperity Group. Locations include Treynor, Macedonia, Atlantic, Corning and Council Bluffs, Iowa. For more information visit tsbank.com.