SWVA Regional Bristol Casino Pitch Contest Finalists are Announced

November 10, 2022 | In the News

Together with community partners, Virginia Community Capital and the Hard Rock Casino Bristol are pleased to announce that ten finalists have been selected to compete in the final round of the SWVA Regional Bristol Casino Pitch Contest. Finalists include:

  • Alpha Lit – Washington County
  • Anne Vaughan Designs – Floyd County
  • Beagle Ridge – Wythe County
  • Clinch Life Outfitters – Wise County
  • Clinch Valley Printing – Tazewell County
  • Rising Sun Breads – Henry County
  • Stormbrew Farm – Washington County
  • The Orange Bandana – Montgomery County
  • The Pakalachian Truck – Washington County
  • Virginia Mountain Vineyards – Botetourt County

An awards ceremony will be held in partnership with the Virginia Small Business Administration, the Friends of Southwest Virginia, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator, and the SWVA Small Business Development Centers. The ceremony and reception will be hosted by the Hard Rock Casino in Bristol. Judges and community partners will view the three-minute pitch videos of the applicants and five winners will be selected to receive $10,000 each towards business expenses.

All applicants that entered the pitch contest will be considered to become vendors at the casino. Vendors have the potential to extend sales beyond the Bristol location to other Hard Rock venues nationally and internationally.

As the first pitch contest of its kind organized within Virginia, the competition brings together a collaborative group of organizations working to impact the community in positive ways. All partners involved share the goal of economic opportunity within the region. Virginia Community Capital aims to communicate opportunities to local business owners and connect them with resources to support their growth. Winners of the contest will be announced December 8.

Media inquiries: Please contact Valerie Lee, VCC Social Enterprises Director of Marketing & Communications. Contest inquiries may be directed to VCC’s Sandy Ratliff, Vice President of Community Innovation.