2021 South Side Pitch Contestants


This year’s Finalists are gearing up to pitch for their chance at over $20,000 in prizes! Get excited by checking out their profiles below and RSVP Now to become a judge and help select the winners. The audience’s Favorite Finalist will be guaranteed a cash prize – join us on October 21 and support these South Side businesses

This Year’s Finalists:
Blossom Girls Network
A Celebration of Young Womanhood

D. Jones Construction
100% minority-owned, women-owned certified general construction company

Last Lap Cornerstore
The South Side’s Specialty Running Store

Piggyback Network
An online youth transportation marketplace for parents and guardians on shared routes

Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness
Community Mental Wellness centering around Black women

Trading Races
Learn Black history while unpacking the complexities of race by asking one simple question: “Who’s blacker than who?”


A special thank you to this year’s Semi-Finalists! Semi-Finalists videos can be found on our Facebook page here and our YouTube page here – our selected Finalists videos can be found here. These South Side businesses are incredible in their own right – support our local entrepreneurs by shopping local!


Beverly

JMD Defense, LLC
Firearm Safety & Education Classes

WeSchool
Part time learning center supporting and equipping urban families for at-home learning

Piggyback Network
An online youth transportation marketplace for parents and guardians on shared routes


Bridgeport

Onli Studios
Creativity, Content, Culture & Commerce based on the Visual & Creative Arts


Bronzeville

Trading Races
Learn Black history while unpacking the complexities of race

Beauty Boutique Pharm Corp
Handmade beauty products, personalized services, and tutorials

Last Lap Cornerstore
Handmade beauty products, personalized services, and tutorials

Chedda Shoe Company
Chic, Sustainable, and Handcrafted Shoes


Calumet Heights

Deztinni
One of a kind, recycled denim accessories & T-shirt brand for men and women


Chatham

AirGuard Health
AirGuard: revolutionizing the dental industry


Englewood

Roots & Vine Produce and Cafe
An exclusive network of farmers, coops, and urban growers bringing grocery stores to food deserts


Grand Crossing

D. Jones Construction
Full service certified General Construction company

ChiFresh Kitchen
Feeding schools, nursing homes, and transitional housing with fresh, nutritious prepared meals


Hyde Park

Color Me Bad Chicago
Hair salon specializing in healthy hair and hair color

The L3 Agency
Full-service, MBE-Certified integrated influencer marketing and communications consulting firm


North Kenwood

Blossom Girls Network
A Celebration of Young Womanhood


Park Manor

Doughboys Chicago
Catering & sit-down restaurant offering unique recipes


Pilsen

Casa Indígō
Farm to table Mexican food at an affordable price

CHICAGOMIDWESTMADE
Chicago-based street brand and print shop for custom apparel.


South Chicago

Chico’s Oven
Walk up window that offers grab and go donuts, pizza, and fresh Bolillo sandwiches


South Shore

Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness
Community Mental Wellness centering around Black women.


Washington Park

Solo Noir for Men
High-quality skincare for black men: unlock your potential

Southside Grinds Coffee Co.
Online and mobile espresso bar offering tasty coffee around the South Side


Wrightwood-Ashburn

Fearlessly Hue
Custom, original, and wall art providing representation, affirmation, and inspiration