MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Grand Strand Technology Council is hosting the second annual Pitch Night at Grand 14 Cinema in the Market Common at 6:00 p.m. Thursday. This is the group's local version of the hit television show "Shark Tank".
This event is designed for local entrepreneurs to pitch their next big idea for a new business or product and get feedback from local investors. You could also begin the process of landing financial backing from those local investors.
Innovation experts have been making progress fostering a healthier environment for small businesses to survive in the Grand Strand. Some local stores, like The Bike Shop in the Five Points area of Myrtle Beach, have been around for more than a decade. Workers there say the key to success is focusing on the customer.
"Treat people like you would want to be treated," said Sean Springs, a mechanic at The Bike Shop. "And I think that's the main thing. Whatever it is you're selling, it's an excuse to interact with people."
Another business that is newer to the Grand Strand scene is the Olive Shoppe in the Market Common. The manager there says one of the biggest obstacles surviving as a small business in the tourist town is how seasonal the market is.
"In the end, once your loyal customers start coming back because of the customer service that you can offer, it just makes a little more special shopping," said Michele Maynard, the manager at the Olive Shoppe.
A main goal of the Grand Strand Technology Council is to help build the Grand Strand into a strong hub for technology and not just rely on the tourism industry. Keep that in mind as you pitch your business ideas to the investors Thursday night. This event is free and open to the general public. For more information visit here.
There is another event that starts at 4:00 p.m. Thursday. The Angel Investing Seminar will be held at Travinia's Italian Restaurant in the Market Common. You must register for this seminar. It provides accredited investors wanting to get involved in the local technology scene information on the intricacies associated with investing in early-stage companies.
The 2nd annual Pitch Night is a result of the Grand Strand Technology Council partnering with Coastal Carolina University, 5th T Innovation, the Conway and Georgetown Innovation Centers, and the South Carolina Angel Network.