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Coffee shop wins Sault business pitch contest

Scott Coffee Co. earned a business grant, office space, and additional resources worth $15,000.
Present at the Pitch Competition were (from left) Dan Hollingsworth and Harleen Puaar from the SSMEDC, content winner Sarah Huckson, Angela Bruni from the SSMEDC, and keynote speaker Erin Bury. (Supplied photo)

Scott Coffee Co. in Sault Ste. Marie is the winner of the 2017 Business Pitch Competition hosted by the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corp.

Owner Sarah Huckson earns a prize valued at $15,000, which includes a business grant through the Starter Company program, legal advisory services, accounting services, insurance services and one-year of office space at the SSMEDC’s Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship.

With an opening slated for winter, 2018, Scott Coffee Co. plans to be a coffeehouse using locally sourced ingredients, in addition to hosting live music and the work of local artists.

Ontario Wild, which makes raw pet food, received the $5,000-valued second-place prize. The two finalists competed in a pitch-off at the EDC’s 2017 Bridges to Better Business event on Oct. 19. They were scored 50 per cent by audience votes and 50 per cent by an expert panel of judges.

Bridges to Better Business is the EDC’s premier small-business forum. Taking place at Quattro Hotel & Conference Centre, 250 people attended this year’s event. Held during BDC’s Small Business Week, the evening also featured a keynote presentation from tech commentator Erin Bury, who was named one of Marketing Magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30.”