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When: Wednesday, Dec 2, 2015
5-8 pm
Where: Catherine Hickman Theatre
5501 27th Ave S
Gulfport, Florida  33707
United States
Presenter: LocalShops1
Contact: Ester Venouziou

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Join 100+ local businesses, civic leaders and community-minded residents for a networking reception and the local round of the national InnovateHer Challenge, presented by LocalShops1 and sponsored by the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Admission to the event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

The InnovateHER Challenge, organized by the Small Business Administration, is aimed at unearthing products and services that impact and empower the lives of women and families through local business competitions that culminate in a live pitch final round in Washington. DC. where the finalists compete for prizes totaling $70,000 provided by Microsoft. The competition is open to both men and women. 


The schedule
5-6 pm Opening Networking Reception
6 pm Local Round Live Pitch competition 
8 pm Winner announced

The event will be moderated by Barry Rubin, Gulfport Chamber president, and keynote speaker is Isabel Laessig, founder of Family Foodie. The reception is sponsored by Three Birds Tavern, Out of the Weeds artisan dressings and Red Hot Tiki Spicy Gourmet Market.


The Judges Panel

  • Carla Bristol,  owner of Gallerie 909
  • Diana M. Hechavarria, entrepreneurship professor at University South Florida
  • Marie Tomassi, managing partner at Trenam Law
  • Rita Lowman, COO, C1 Bank
  • Robin King, co-owner of Three Birds Tavern & Out of the Weeds 

The Finalists