ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The pressure was on today as the final three small businesses competed for a one thousand dollar cash prize in the final round of the Big Gig Pitch Off contest at the University of Maine on Tuesday.
The finalists included Thick & Thin Designs, a decorative cupcake topper business, Stone Fox Farm Creamery, which makes ice cream., and Northern Maine Distilling Company, a vodka distillery. The business owners had to make their final pitches to a panel of local business owners and associates who gave them feedback on their products. The finalists have been preparing for this day for the past several months by competing against other businesses hoping to become finalists themselves. After being coached on how to pitch their products and gain exposure from Big Gig, the contestants said even if they don't win the cash prize, they won't be leaving empty handed.
"The prize money that may come along with it is bonus. I mean the experience and the know how and getting to connect with people in the community has been invaluable," said finalist, Christine Carney with her husband and Thick & Thin Designs business partner, John Carney.
The winner of today's Big Gig finale and thousand dollar cash prize recipient is Jessica Jewell of Northern Maine Distilling Company for her Twenty 2 vodka.