Palo Alto Software Partners with Montgomery County SCORE to Host SMB Pitch Competition

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Local Entrepreneurs Will Use LivePlan Planning and Tracking Software to Create Business Pitches for “TOP SCORE” Competition

Business planning and management software company Palo Alto Software announced today it will partner with the Montgomery County SCORE to host the “TOP SCORE” Business Pitch Competition to help local entrepreneurs develop effective business pitching and planning strategies.

Small businesses in the Montgomery area have the opportunity to win one of two $500 cash prizes, and receive free business counseling from SCORE counselors and Palo Alto Software consultants. By using the One Page Pitch feature in the company’s LivePlan software, entrepreneurs will develop a business pitch for funding or growth to submit for the competition.

On Jan. 29, finalists of the competition will be asked to verbally present their developed pitch in person to a panel of judges comprised of business owners and experts. Winners will be chosen and awarded prizes that evening. Entrants will also be designated a SCORE mentor and Palo Alto Software consultant to help craft a final pitch throughout the stages of the competition.

“We are excited to team up with Montgomery County SCORE to help local entrepreneurs make their ideas a reality,” said Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto Software. “This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in starting or growing a business to learn more about the building blocks of planning.”

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. EST, interested entrepreneurs also have the opportunity to attend a free preliminary pitch seminar program, "How To Develop Your Pitch for Funding or Growth," presented by Palo Alto Software.

“Montgomery County SCORE is proud to partner with Palo Alto Software to sponsor this competition to bring together local businesses and entrepreneurs,” said Rich DeFalco, chairman of Montgomery County SCORE. “We’re confident this will bring a fresh perspective to the process of funding and planning, and hopefully drives new business in the Montgomery area.”

Entrepreneurs in the Montgomery area who have either recently launched a business or who have a potential business concept are encouraged to enter the “TOP SCORE” Pitch Competition. Entries are due by Jan. 15, 2014. For more information on how to enter, visit

About Palo Alto Software
Palo Alto Software, Inc. (, makers of the #1 selling business planning software in the world, develops and publishes tools, products, and content to help small and mid-sized businesses pitch, plan, manage, and grow their ventures. LivePlan, the company’s flagship product, is a SaaS (software as a service) solution for business planning and financial management. Palo Alto Software has been the market leader in its category for over 15 years, has served well over 2 million entrepreneurs, and has customers in 180 countries. It was founded in 1988 by business planning expert Tim Berry. Sabrina Parsons has been the company’s CEO since 2007. Parsons successfully expanded its service offering into the cloud with LivePlan. Palo Alto Software is a privately-owned corporation based in Eugene, Oregon.

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