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Early November, my SCORE mentor shared an event from a local business development group with me. They were going to have a pitch contest to win a grant for marketing. The rules were simple: less than 5 employees, revenue less then $250k a year and request less than $400. They had $800 to distribute among a few applicants. For our region, it was a live pitch at the local library. She encouraged me to give it a try.  Knowing I needed to pay for some marketing—free Facebook and Instrgram post will only get me so far—I decided this would be a...

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