Oneupweb’s BRIM, “Bringing Relentless Innovation to Michigan”, Conference Returns and is Thrilled to Announce The Bank of Northern Michigan As Pitch Session Sponsor

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Oneupweb Hosts 3rd BRIM Leadership Conference for Michigan businesses and calls for Pitch Session applications for a chance to win $5,000.

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One highlight of past BRIMs has been the Investor Pitch Session, which returns to BRIM for 2013 along with a generous $5,000 prize from The Bank of Northern Michigan for the winning business plan.

For the third year running, Oneupweb will host BRIM (Bringing Relentless Innovation to Michigan), a day of inspiration, education, networking and entrepreneurship held at the Oneupweb headquarters on the banks of West Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City.

One highlight of past BRIMs has been the Investor Pitch Session, which returns to BRIM for 2013 along with a generous $5,000 prize from The Bank of Northern Michigan for the winning business plan. This doubles the 2012 prize of $2,500, which was also sponsored by The Bank of Northern Michigan. Three finalists will be selected to present their ideas at BRIM on Thursday, November 7th, 2013 to a panel of judges and BRIM attendees.

BRIM 2012 Pitch Session winner Kelly Stites, of Assisted Moving Services, had never presented her business plan to a large group of professionals until last year’s conference. She says, “Winning the BRIM Pitch Session inspired me to move forward with my business plan and grow it into what is now a licensed LLC moving business in Traverse City that specializes in senior moving and downsizing. The money awarded was spent changing the DBA to an LLC, retaining permits and constructing a sign for the business.” She adds, “I’m looking forward to attending in November 2013!”

Like Stites, many business owners are challenged in the early stages of establishing a business with obtaining necessary permits, building clientele and investing in marketing efforts with limited budgets. In addition to the monetary prize for the winner, all three BRIM Pitch Session presenters will receive follow-up consultations to support their success.

“The Bank of Northern Michigan maintains a strong commitment to helping grow successful businesses throughout our northern Michigan community,” says John D. Paul, Jr., president and CEO of The Bank of Northern Michigan. “I've had the honor of participating in Oneupweb’s BRIM event the last two years and the talent and enthusiasm represented by the entrepreneurs attending BRIM underscored the great future we have in Michigan. Each person who participates in the Pitch Session has the opportunity for business consulting with the judges. We found the consulting session to be very beneficial for each entrepreneur and it has been great to watch these businesses grow over the last year."

To apply for the BRIM 2013 Pitch Session and a chance to compete with other entrepreneurs for the $5,000 prize from The Bank of Northern Michigan, fill out the form here.

About Oneupweb:
Oneupweb is a 17-year innovator in digital marketing—creating integrated online marketing plans that incorporate search, social, design and mobile services. Heralded by an independent research firm for their leadership team, work ethic and solid experience in optimizing complicated sites, Oneupweb has been named a Top 20 Search Marketing Agency by Advertising Age for five consecutive years, and CEO Lisa Wehr is recognized as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Oneupweb is a privately held company located in Traverse City, Michigan. For more information on Oneupweb, please call 1.877.568.7477, or visit OneUpWeb.com.

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