Development Authority to Open Business Pitch Competition

February 2, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                               

February 2, 2023



Dennis Jarvis II, Executive Director

Jefferson County Development Authority



Development Authority to Open Business Pitch Competition


Kearneysville, W.Va. – The Jefferson County Development Authority (JCDA) will begin accepting registrants for its inaugural business pitch competition, Jump Start Jefferson, on February 15, 2023. The program will commence in April and will teach participants about the fundamentals of starting a business. The competition shall encourage participants to hone new and sharpen their existing skills in support of their respective business ventures while competing for grant funding throughout the competition.


The initiative will be held in a classroom-style setting over a five-week period and will culminate with a business pitch competition. Each participant will be awarded 11 college credit hours through Blue Ridge Community and Technical College upon completion of all Jump Start Jefferson courses and the formal business pitch.


Participants will receive professional headshots, networking, and brand-building opportunities—

with the winner to receive a special grant award of $5,000. Additionally, the winner shall receive a professional branding video highlighting their business provided by SC Studios and a one-year membership to the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.


Each week, an industry expert will share best practices with participants. By the end of the course, participants will have learned about the distinct parts of a business plan, how to prepare a business plan, pitch their business plan to a panel of judges, and shall be prepared to meet with potential lenders.


The registration link for the Jump Start Jefferson will go live to the public on February 15 at 12 PM and be available on the JCDA website. To find out more about Jump Start Jefferson and all JCDA initiatives, please visit and follow the JCDA social media pages.


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