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Northern Michigan University to hold annual New Business Venture event; ‘The Big Pitch’ to spotlight students

MARQUETTE -Northern Michigan University’s annual New Business Venture Competition will culminate with a virtual “The Big Pitch” event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The competition is an opportunity for NMU students, either individually or in teams of up to five, to submit their plan for a new business and compete for cash prizes and business counseling services.

The four finalists who will participate, along with their business ideas, are:

Jimmy Flom: The Burger Boat, a floating restaurant that would be located on the highly trafficked Torch Lake Sandbar, serving burgers, brats, dogs and more to boaters who pass through.

Peter Delismon: Delismon Auto Restoration and Design, a southern Wisconsin-based quality-driven automotive restoration and repair shop that would restore a worn or damaged vehicle to the condition it was new or prior to being damaged.

Adam Koski: U.P. Dek Hockey, an inclusive avenue to play hockey with half of the equipment and half of the cost at what could be Michigan’s first Dek Hockey rink. Dek Hokey is played on a 100-by-50 plastic surface while running on your feet outdoors, so previous ice hockey experience is not required. 

Bazile Panek: Mocks, a respectful and direct avenue to appreciate Indigenous peoples and their art. Mocks would sell socks adorned with traditional Indigenous designs by Indigenous artists.

For more information on the event and to join, visit https://nmu.edu/business/new-business-venture-competition.

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