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Hy-Vee Holding OpportUNITY Inclusive Business Summit

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Hy-Vee Inc.’s OpportUNITY Inclusive Business Summit, a networking and showcase event set for Jan. 31, will provide an opportunity to advance local minority- and women-owned companies.

The Hy-Vee OpportUNITY Inclusive Business Summit, which will be held at the Scott Conference Center on the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Scott campus, will feature an expo offering resources, educational presentations and panel discussions for small businesses. There also will be one-on-one mentoring sessions for store directors.

Local community groups and organizations, area businesses and other professionals interested in supporting or networking with small-business owners are invited to attend at no cost.

In addition, local minority-and women-owned businesses can apply for the chance to showcase their products or services during a pitch competition at the OpportUNITY Inclusive Business Summit. Selected applicants will present to a panel of judges for the chance to win up to $30,000.

Hy-Vee is accepting submissions for local products or services for the pitch competition in the following categories of economically viable and/or previously tested products or services – food and beverage; product innovation and technology; and health, wellness and beauty.

A panel of judges will select one grand-prize winner to earn $30,000. One first-place winner will be selected from each pitch category (three total) to win $5,000 each. Additional cash investments may be awarded and select finalists could be invited to participate in discussions later about their products or services.

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