McDonald Chiropractic is the 2018 winner of the Minto PitchIt competition.
In 2012, the Town of Minto initiated the PitchIt! business plan competition in an effort to grow small businesses in Minto and increase awareness of the resources available. In its 7th year the competition is geared toward entrepreneurs that wish to open, purchase, expand, or re-locate an existing business within the Town of Minto.
This year 11 entries were received and four finalists submitted full business plans and made presentations to the judges in late May.
“Once again we were very impressed with the entries and the mix of new and expanding businesses” said Minto business and ecnomic manager Belinda Wick-Graham.
The four finalists were: The Daily Grind, Matt Benson Construction, Family Home Health Care and McDonald Chiropractic.
“The Pitch It competition grows each year. Not necessarily in the quantity of entrants but in quality. This year each entrepreneur provided excellent written business plans and each had their own style when delivering the presentation to the judges. All the applicants clearly knew their business (or potential business) and had the confidence needed to succeed whether they win Pitch It or not. While all were very good presentations, we can only pick one. The winner this year was clear and concise in their delivery, knew their market and had done their research. I congratulate all the participants for their work on these plans. Well done.” said Rob Mattice, general manager of 88.7 The River, a competition judge.
Winning entry McDonald Chiropractic is owned by Dr. Shawn McDonald and will begin operations later this summer out of the Harriston Lions Medical Clinic.
A press release from the town states the business will be providing a wide range of services including: chiropractic care, functional acupuncture, laser therapy, custom orthotics, custom rehabilitation programs, a multitude of soft tissue treatments, genetic nutritional testing and counseling, dietetic consultation and massage therapy.
“I would like to thank everyone from the Town of Minto, the PitchIt Committee and the sponsors for everything they have done in order to make this an amazing opportunity for local businesses,” said McDonald. I am thrilled to have been a finalist in such a great group, but winning provides me with the resources to start my business on the right foot. My wife and I are excited to take the next step, return to our roots and live and work in Minto” said McDonald.
Thanks to the support of community sponsors all finalists will receive prizing and the winner will take home over $12,500 in cash and prizes, including $3,000 in start up capital courtesy of the Town of Minto, Minto Chamber of Commerce, Saugeen Economic Development Corporation and Minto Mayor George Bridge.