We celebrated our BHM Pitch Competitors with food and cash prizes

Last Wednesday, we hosted winners from our Black History Month Pitch Competition for a luncheon at the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation headquarters!  

The event was held as a culmination of the journey and accomplishments of our Black History Month Pitch competitors. Each of the winners of the competition are Black women entrepreneurs and business owners from Los Angeles. Hosting these incredible business owners in the middle of Women’s History Month was not lost on us – we are thrilled to continue to celebrate these business owners and their future successes.  

The pitch competitors stopped by VSEDC HQ for a few hours to pick up their checks from their BHM Pitch Competition winnings, and stayed for food and good company.  The luncheon was generously catered by The Sammiche Shoppe, a Black-owned restaurant chain with locations in Inglewood and Los Angeles. 

Check out our team members and pitch competitors below:  

Small Business Winners 

First Place: Candace Walker of Generation Connect, with an award of $1,500.  

Second Place: TK Trinidad of Center In, with an award of $1,000.  

Third Place: Synovia Jones of Nobe’s P.B Foods, with an award of $500.   

Startup Winners 

First Place: Emily Woodman-Nance of At Their Side, LLC. with an award of $1,500.  

Second Place: Courtney Lockridge of Shaped Secretz and Body Sculpting. Lockridge also won Audience Choice Award so she exited the competition with an award totaling $1,500.   

Third Place: Quanda King, of Paint Noir, LLC. with an award of $500.   

Runner Up

Barika Phillips-Bell of B3 Media Solutions, with an award of $250.

A final congratulations to our winners from VSEDC!

From left to right: Courtney Lockridge, Synovia Jones, Candace Walker, Emily Woodman-Nance, TK Trinidad, Barika Phillips-Bell, Quanda King