It’s finally here the VWEC’s 4th Annual National Business Women’s Week Conference featuring our Inaugural 2021 Pitch Platform. This pitch is a part of our 4BusinessRecovery Campaign working to support entrepreneur women associated with the military to revive their businesses and thrive.

We know many facilities; including our own, have experienced closures due to COVID 19; therefore, this year’s Pitch Platform will focus on some of our hardest hit industries.

The application is extensive but so is the investment, with $40k in pitch investments beginning with $20k-1 Place; $10k-2nd Place; $5k-3rd Place, and a recently added $3k Audience Choice as well as $2k in additional contestant prizes. This is your opportunity to get in the game and claim your fame as a business that will not be defeated!

You have a quick turnaround, applications open Wednesday, September 1st, and closed on Tuesday, September 7th giving you the long holiday weekend to get your applications in!



  • In business as of 6/30/2019

  • Primary Platform focus areas retail stores, restaurants, and/or raves(event facilities);

  • Secondary Platform focus areas online retail, food, condiments, beverages, and/or event services/products providers;

  • Mandatory 3 Minute Fast Pitch – Thursday, 9/9, 6:30PM-8:30PM — sessions are limited and you cannot schedule your Fast Pitch until you submit a complete application. Note, if it is later determined that you application is missing information you may be disqualified from the competition.

    • 3 Minutes per FP virtual pitch with 2 minutes for questions from Judges;

    • FP Focus – How will you use these funds to grow your business?

      Important points

    • a) What have you already done to grow your business?

    • b) How will this investment help you do more to grow your business?

  • Attend 80% of the 8 PITCH PREP sessions, which will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • Provide a Site Visit where appropriate and/or a Business Video

  • Pitch on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, and participate in Live Conference Interviews


Funds Usage:

  • Unapproved funds usage include personal salary, bonuses, cash incentives or other business giveaways;

  • Approved funds usage include, but are not limited to: hiring new staff, upgrades/new equipment, strategic marketing/advertising campaign, CRM Strategies, new/upgrades to technology, financial software, other strategies that can be proven to promote business growth and/or expansion.

  • Winners must agreed to participate in a Customized Coaching series to develop a plan for the most effective use of their winnings.

  • Agreed to funds distributed in segments with approved budget purchase receipts or invoices