The City of Lauderhill and The Lauderhill CRA presents

Small Business Pitch Competition

Compete, Inspire, and Win Big
2023 Pitch Competition Winners

Accelerate Your Business with the Ultimate Pitch Challenge

The City of Lauderhill Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) invites you to join us at our 3rd Annual “Small Business Pitch Competition”. This educational event is designed to inspire, teach, and equip entrepreneurs with the tools to elevate their business.

Do you or does someone you know have a side hustle, business idea , or start up ready to compete for a chance to win

A grand prize of $25,000
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to take your business to new heights.

About The Lauderhill CRA

The City of Lauderhill’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), is an entity created by the City of Lauderhill to promote economic and community revitalization of defined areas in the City. Each of these areas are defined as CRA districts and are governed by the Mayor and Commissioners of the City of Lauderhill.

The Lauderhill CRA Board

Ken Thurston


Lawrence "Jabbow" Martin

Vice Mayor

Melissa P. Dunn


Denise D. Grant


Sarai "Ray" Martin


Event Judges and Panelists

Our distinguished judges and panelists bring a wealth of knowledge and diverse perspectives to the competition. Get ready to impress and learn from these industry leaders.
Dr. Andrew "Andy" Ingraham

CEO of NABHOOD, expert in African American, Multicultural, and Caribbean tourism.

Sandy McDonald

Director of Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development, with expertise in small business growth and development.

Juliet Murphy Roulhac

Regional Director at Florida Power & Light, skilled in governmental and community relations

Stacy Ritter

President and CEO of Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, experienced in sales, marketing, and tourism development.

Samuel Yeboah

Attorney and Business Owner, passionate about empowering underserved communities.

Verse Simmonds

Artist, Songwriter, and Record Producer, known for collaborations with renowned musicians.

Event Emcee

Bobeth Yates – CBS4 News

Dynamic journalist and meteorologist from CBS4 News
Bobeth brings her extensive experience and passion for storytelling to the stage, captivating audiences with her engaging presence and informative delivery. With a background in reporting and providing weather and traffic updates in cities nationwide, she has established herself as a trusted and influential figure in the media industry

Resources to Help You Succeed

We want to equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to excel in the competition. We’ve curated a collection of helpful resources to enhance your entrepreneurial journey further.

Photos from 2023 Pitch Competition

Community Partners

Become a Sponsor and Showcase Your Support

We invite businesses and organizations like yours to partner with us as sponsors of the Small Business Expo and Pitch Competition. By sponsoring this event, you will not only gain exposure and visibility among a diverse audience of entrepreneurs, but also contribute to the growth and success of the business community. Review our sponsorship levels and select a package that aligns with your goals. Together, let’s make a lasting impact on the entrepreneurial landscape.
Please contact one of our Economic Development staff members at 954-730-3041 with any questions about the event and how you can contribute.

Need help? Contact us!

Whether you’re a participant or a sponsor in need of guidance or assistance, we are here to help.



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