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Jacksonville, May 01, 2017 – On a mission to make dreams a reality, The UPS Store launched its first-ever national  Pitch Off contest where startups and small business owners can compete for a chance to win $10,000. The Pitch Off is part of the company’s Small Biz Salute, a month-long initiative celebrating small business owners for their hard work, innovation and dedication to their business and local communities.

“Small Biz Salute is our chance to pause and recognize small business owners, who do so much for our local communities and economies,” said Raj Gupta, The UPS Store franchisee. “We hear innovative business ideas in our stores every day and the Pitch Off gives these entrepreneurs a chance to grow their business. [OPTIONAL: Franchisees can add another sentence to the quote about how your UPS Store specifically supports your local small business community.]

The UPS Store Pitch Off competition is officially open for submissions. Here’s how it works.

  • Small business owners and entrepreneurs at any stage in their business ventures can visit to begin the submission process. Pitch off submissions open Tuesday, April 18 and close Wednesday, May 31.
  • PITCH + SUBMIT. Capture a 90 second (or less) pitch video describing the business or business idea and why it is unique. Be creative. Enter background information and submit the pitch video directly from phone or tablet to the website.
  • SHARE. Entrants will be able to socially share their entries and encourage family and friends to vote for their favorite video in an online gallery.
  • WIN. Based on criteria judged by a panel of experts and online votes, the final winner will be selected. The grand prize Pitch Off winner will receive $10,000. There will also be cash prizes rewarded to the best pitch videos in a variety of categories. The grand prize winner and category awardees will be announced on Tuesday, June 6.

Throughout the year, small business owners and entrepreneurs can visit one of more than 4,500 locally owned and operated UPS Store locations, including the locations at 11250 Old St. Augustine Rd Ste.15 , Jacksonville, FL 32257 to find tools and resources to support their business or budding venture. Locally owned and operated, The UPS Store franchisees form relationships with their small business customers, sharing advice, experiences and innovative problem-solving. The UPS Store can serve as a back office for a small business, offering services ranging from packaging and shipping, to mailbox, notary and professional grade printing and marketing materials.

For more information about how to enter The UPS Store Pitch Off, and full contest rules visit

About The UPS Store
With more than 4,500 locations, The UPS Store network comprises the nation’s largest franchise system of retail shipping, postal, print and business service centers. The UPS Store locations in the U.S. are independently owned and operated by licensed franchisees of The UPS Store, Inc., a subsidiary of UPS (NYSE: UPS). Services, pricing and hours of operation may vary by location. For additional information on The UPS Store, including information on franchise opportunities for opening a The UPS Store location, visit Follow The UPS Store on Twitter at @TheUPSStore and like The UPS Store on Facebook at