Mainline Today Restaurant Week Kick Off Party and Info To Deliciousness

Kris Flynn, Main Line Today stands by a mock front page of Mainline Today magazine’s Dining on the Main Line issue at the Willows Park Preserve Mansion in Radnor.
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Main Line Today Restaurant Week is a brand-new 14-day event that runs from August 23rd to September 5th at top dining destinations on the Main Line and in the Western Suburbs (f Chester, Montgomery and Delaware counties). Restaurants will serve up specially priced 3-course lunch and dinner menus, and offer a variety of dining situations, from indoor to outdoor, take-out to dine-in, and delivery. Participating restaurants will offer special three-course prix fixe menus for lunch ($24.95, plus tax, beverage and gratuity) and dinner ($36.95, plus tax, beverage and gratuity).

Main Line Today and Today Media hosted a kick off party on Tuesday at the Willows Park Preserve Mansion to launch their first ever Main Line Today Restaurant Week.

Marie Edwards – Associate Publisher, Main Line Today greets the guests enthusiastically exclaims how excited ML Today is to be spearheading the launch of Main Line Today Restaurant Week, firmly establishing the Main Line as a restaurant destination.

Jeremy Katz, Relationship Manager, VP at Firstrust Bank are proud sponsors of Main Line Today Restaurant Week.

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Richard Buoni, The Pennsylvania Distilling and Robert F. Martinelli, publisher of Main Line Today.

Main Line Today Restaurant Week August 23 through September 5 – Participating Restaurants can be found on the Main Line Today website. Post your favorite dishes, date night out, dinner with friends using the HashTag #MLTRW and we’ll share your Mainline Memories!!


City Fitness Logan Square Sneak Preview and Celebration

Opening on Monday, September 11, 2017 –  City Fitness Logan Square is CEO/President Ken Davies’  first Signature Club, occupying the entire second floor of The Sterling building on 18th and JFK Boulevard. At 40,000 square feet, City Fitness Logan Square is the largest dedicated fitness facility in Greater Center City Philadelphia. Last week City Fitness held a sneak preview party, and then celebrated the premier fitness clubs 10th Anniversary.

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Andi Pescov, Cushman & Wakefield (she helped orchestrate the deal for this property) and Erica Schiffman, Cushman & Wakefield

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Elle Wilson, City Fitness, tells me that at least once a week someone tells her she looks like Kim Kardashian, as I had.

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Michael Rowlands and Brad Richia

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They’ll have the usual gym equipment (cardio machines, strength-training equipment), as well as an Olympic lifting platforms.

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There’s a dedicated hot yoga studio with infrared heat, along with five more group-fitness classrooms. There will be about 100 group-fitness classes per week at City Fitness Logan. City Fitness
The CF Workspace concept is inspired by co-working spaces, with high speed internet, a multi-functional printer, charging stations, soundproof phone booths and of course coffee

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Thrive: Small group training allows for a greater, more cost-effective reach compared to traditional one-on-one training. That said, it can also be a challenge to operate. Thrive focuses on an efficient model for semi-private training and programming that maximizes the growth of a training department.

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Guests can schedule time for specialized massage chairs to wind down after an exhilarating work out

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City Fitness Logan opens on Monday to early bird folks who registered, and it opens to the public October 1, but right now you can stop by and tour now. As for the folks who registered under the special $10 or $1 registration, make your appointments now and people with appointments through Sunday are strongly encouraged to come in through the weekend and activate their passes to avoid a wait on Monday. People cannot workout until they activate a pass (waivers, etc.) Over 2500 people registered so act now.
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Then we headed up to the roof to continue City Fitness’ 10th Anniversary PartyCity Fitness

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I’m excited to be working with City Fitness, and attending this gym.

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Every since I covered the opening of the Spring Garden gym 10 years ago, I was impressed with the work out ethic and equipment; I thought I hope some day they open one near my house. I literally signed up for the $10 pass back in July before they approached me to work on a promotion partnership with them.


Capital One #BankingReimagined at Dilworth Park Today. I Went Yesterday….

Capital One launched a ten city #BankingReimagined tour earlier this year. Philadelphia is the next to the last stop (they’re there today until 6PM), but arrived on an important weekend, Dilworth Park’s Spring Awakening Weekend. The fountains are on again, the cafe is open and spring programing starts.


Saturday, April 1

The Air Grille, operated by Brûlée Catering, will open alongside Dilworth Park Café with a menu of grilled foods, burgers, fries, sandwiches and salads. The Air Grille will serve lunch this spring, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Schedule this week includes:

Tuesday, April 4

Noon: Take a moment to breathe, relax and quiet your mind while building up muscle strength and balance with yoga. Bring your own mat.
6:00 p.m.: Challenge your routine with the high-intensity approach of a boot camp class.

Wednesday, April 5
1:00 p.m
.: Silver Sneakers makes fitness fun for boomers and beyond with exercises designed to increase muscle strength and range of movement for seniors.
6:30 p.m.: City Fit Girls Running Club, an all-levels running and fitness community for women, meets near the information center.

Thursday, April 6
6:00 p.m
.: Get your body going with Zumba, an all-out, super calorie-burning dance party set to Latin and pop music.

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I headed over about 1PM to walk through the 20 minute, interactive session in order to help uncover the financial behaviors that best match my value system, and help my understand the role personal fiances play in enhancing my life.

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it was a crowded, but the lines ran smoothly


especially listening to tunes by DJ Adrian Hardy


First you fill out a digital form, with topics related to money and your long-term goals. Taking the mystery out of savings, and really engaging you on what is important for your money. I liked it.

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I like thinking long term, when I finished college I really never thought about long term goals, even though I had just finished going to school for a lifetime career.


Then I headed to the 2nd part of the tour and climbed the state-of-the-art, 54-foot trailer housing a smart, personalized and digital experience open to the public, including:

  • Touchscreens that allow you to prioritize personal values and goals, demonstrating how your outlook shapes the way you view money.
  • An augmented reality experience with 3-D holograms in real space and time that brings your financial goals to life. Video selfie booths where you can record a message to your future self as a reminder of your money goals.

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There was a giant touch screen where I swiped images left or right to answer Yes/No questions. It was like playing a game, but it was actually helping me prioritize my financial goals. After answering questions, not surprisingly I ended with a card that said improving my business was my top consideration.

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I really enjoyed the interactive displays and I got to use this the HoloLens virtual reality headset. It was my first experience using virtual reality headsets and was really neat. Technology is so fascinating especially helping us see things we normally don’t experience.


There were alot of Capital One ambassadors on hand to help


The tour ended with me recording a video on my future financial goals, which will be sent to me in the future. In the meantime I can set up a time to meet with  Capital One to meet with their free Money Coaches although you could just walk into one of their cafes to use the service as well.


At the end of the tour there were free snacks and coffee to enjoy

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and swag to take home.

Capital One’s core beliefs: Personal finance doesn’t need to be stressful. Both the tour and the Capital One Cafés hope to make that goal a reality.

Our Capital One Cafe is located at 17th and Walnut. I wrote about it earlier in the week.

At the Cafe

  • ATMs are free for everyone, not just Capital One customers
  • There’s a nice meeting space/conference room available for free for local non-profits
  • Interactive touch-screens throughout the café provide local info and fun interactive financial content
  • You can pay your credit card bill here, open new accounts, work with your Capital One 360 account and more
  • They even offer 3 completely free “Money Coaching ” sessions with a Certified Life Coach


Thank you Capital One for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own and were not directed by Capital One.  To learn more about Capital One, visit www.capitalone.com/cafes OR www.capitalone.com/bankingreimagined


South Street: Puyero Venezuelan Flavor Celebrates Their Grand Opening With Free Dishes

Simon A. Arends, Gil J. Arends and Manuela Villasmil announce the grand opening of Puyero Venezuelan Flavor at 524 S. 4th Street in South Street Headhouse District. This casual Venezuelan street food concept specializes in quick-serve arepas, patacones, and other incredibly delicious food. Dishes pair perfectly with tropical specialty drinks made in-house that are sweet and perfect for Philadelphia’s hot summer days. The dining room is fresh, colorful and vibrant with humorous proverbs that will make you laugh and music that will make you want to tap your feet. Grand opening festivities will include free giveaways between March 17-19th including arepas, churros and other signature Latin dishes.Puyero
* On Friday, March 17th, arepas are on the house! Between 11:30am to 1:30pm enjoy any style arepas from the menu. One per person. No purchase is required.

* On Saturday, March 18th, enjoy a free order of tequenos, yuca, tajadas de platano or mandocas with any purchase of an arepas or patacones.

* On Sunday, March 19th, enjoy a sweet ending to the weekend with free orders of churros.

Friday also marks the first day at Puyero will open every day for lunch at 11:30am. Puyero also debuts their final opening menu featuring tasty Venezuelan street food – including arepas, patacones, buns, tequenos, yuca, tajadas de platano, mandocas, churros, marquesa, cilantro lemonade, chicha and papelon con limon.


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Puyero is a family affair – being designed and operated by brothers Simon and Gil, along with Gil’s wife Manuela. This is the first restaurant for all three young new restaurant owners. The menu is designed by Claudia Zamora, a Venezuelan chef living who is just as passionate about Venezuelan food and culture as the Simon, Gil and Manuela.



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“We want to introduce rich flavors and combinations that people in Philly would never had thought of before,” said one of the three partners, Simon Arends. “We also want to showcase who Venezuelans are and as one of the different stories that come from Latin America.”


Puyero currently seats 22 people inside, with expanded seating coming outside later in the spring. Starting this Friday, Puyero will open every day (Tuesday through Sunday) at 11:30am for lunch and stay open through dinner until 10:00pm Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday, and 11:00pm on Friday and Saturday.

The entire menu is available during lunch and dinner – with brunch options to come later in the spring. Delivery is now being offered through Caviar. Parking for Puyero is available at meter spots along 4th and South streets, or there are nearby parking lots in the District. The restaurant is in walking distance from Old City, Rittenhouse, Center City, South Philadelphia and the waterfront.



Puyero also serves traditional sweet and tropical drinks, perfect for those hot South Street days (and nights):

* Papelon con limon – sugar cane sweetened water with lemon
* Chicha – a rice based, kind of shake with cinnamon
* Cilantro lemonade – a twist on the lemonade adding a touch of cilantro
* Tamarind juice – made from tamarind fruit with simple syrup.

Other juices and drinks will be added based on seasonal fruit selections available





Puyero serves Venezuelan street food with a special focus on the arepa – the quintessential Venezuelan plate – and the patacon – a sandwich made from plantains. Savory sides include the Venezuelan favorite tequeños – cheese wrapped with dough which is later deep fried – which goes great with the house-made sauces. There is also the very richly flavored mandocas – a combination of corn flour, plantains and a hint of cinnamon topped with salty white cheese and cream. Plus, don’t miss the fried yucca served with guasacaca – an avocado based mix.


The green mayo is the kind of sauce that one might find when they are eating in street carts. Pink sauce sriracha, and chipotle ketchup are spicy twists on typical sauces used for traditional sides. Papaya hot sauce is sweet and spicy. “In Venezuela we like to put sauces on our food. We like to grab the container and spray all that sauce on sides (tequenos and pastelitos), arepas, empanadas, burgers, hotdogs, anything you can think of…we have four sauces right now,” said Simon.


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For the full menu and any questions, please call (267)928-4584 or visit www.puyeroflavor.com. Reservations are not accepted at this time.





Photos: 2017 Cheers for Chop with Biz Markie

While I was away in Anguilla, I missed one of my favorite events Cheers for CHOP’s, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
friends annual gala at Valley Forge Casino Resort


presented Cheers for CHOP,

Co-chairs Jen and Jon Rodack and Allison and Jon Lubert on stage as Katy Friedland, Friends of CHOP President, addresses the crowd

a celebratory evening hosted by the Friends of CHOP to benefit the Division of Pulmonary Medicine.

Hundreds of donors, clinicians and friends of CHOP enjoyed another outstanding

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live entertainment by singer, beat boxer and DJ, Biz Markie and Washington, DC’s all-90s band, White Ford Bronco; delicious food and drink; and an incredible silent auction at this fourth annual event. The evening will be presented by The Raymond Family, in memory of Timothy J. Raymond. 


Walter and Darlene Logan (Darlene is a Foundation Board of Overseers member and Co-Chair of the Blue Tag Gala)


Allison Lubert, Biz Markie, Jen Rodack


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One of the fastest-growing fundraising events in the area, Cheers for CHOP is hosted annually
by Friends of CHOP, a dynamic group of Philadelphia’s most social and philanthropic young
influencers who believe in Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and are committed to advancing
its research, teaching and clinical priorities through vibrant fundraising efforts. Proceeds from
this year’s event benefit CHOP’s Division of Pulmonary Medicine, whose care for respiratory
conditions is top-ranked in the nation. CHOP

About Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as  the nation’s first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional  patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals, and pioneering major research  initiatives, Children’s Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its  pediatric research program is among the largest in the country. In addition, its unique family-centered  care and public service programs have brought the 535-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for  children and adolescents. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu

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OLD CITY FEST ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2016 Returns to the Neighborhood Sunday

Good news – it looks like Hurricane Matthew is heading out to sea and Old City Fest will be going off without a hitch on Sunday.



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Philadelphia, PA — Old City District presents Old City Fest on Sunday, October 9, 2016, from 11:00am to 6:00pm, along N. 3rd Street (from Market to Race) and Arch Street (from 2nd to 4th). Activities will include a festival stage with live music, two runway fashion shows, a family fun zone, pop-up street performances and a wide array of food, beverages, art, craft and retail shopping, with 100+ Old City vendors participating. Admission is free, with food and drink pay-as-you-go


“Old City Fest highlights our region’s premier arts and design district, showcasing local designers, creative firms, restaurants, retailers, galleries, theater, culture, history and architecture,” said Old City District’s Executive Director, Job Itzkowitz. “Old City Fest was designed to be different.

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The city has tons of amazing neighborhood-based festivals with food, drink and music. We wanted to take that one step farther and celebrate all that makes America’s most historic square mile unique. We curated the event to give Old City’s merchants, artists, makers and creative community a platform to shine for the region.”

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Philadelphia Independents is sponsoring Independents Row, a special designated area featuring selected artists and makers. Meet the makers and peruse their handmade goods along 3rd Street in front of 35 N. 3rd Street. Independents Row will include:

As the Crow Flies
Betsy Ann Paper
Britta Keenan
The Golden Hen
Mason Made
The Nautical Rose
Philadelphia Independents
Pink Hammers (Family Fun Zone)
Saffron Creations
Sarah Draws Things
Stanley, Chester & Albert
Stitch Prism
Sweet Mama Lew (Family Fun Zone)
Threet Ceramics
Tim Eads
The Tin Goat


Old City District presents Old City Fest on Sunday, October 9, 2016, from 11:00am to 6:00pm, along N. 3rd Street (from Market to Race) and Arch Street (from 2nd to 4th). Activities will include a festival stage with live music, two runway fashion shows, a family fun zone, pop-up street performances and a wide array of food, beverages, art, craft and retail shopping, with 100+ Old City vendors participating. Admission is free, with food and drink pay-as-you-go. For more info, visit oldcitydistrict.org, tweet @OldCityDistrict or call (215) 592-7929. Old City Fest is produced by Old City District with support from major sponsors Bridge, Colonial Penn, Comcast, Mighty Engine, MRP Realty, Where Magazine, Xfinity, Yelp, plus other sponsors and contributors.

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Old City Fest will host two fashion shows (2:00pm and 3:30pm) beneath the fall foliage of 3rd and Cherry Streets in front of MADE Institute’s Design Studio to highlight the innovation and sophistication that is Old City Fashion. Reannin Celins, from Smak Parlou and Instagram Style Blogger, will serve as emcee. Our first show will feature one of a kind, handmade work from MADE Institute’s current students and members of their Designer Development Program, including Tienel and Harx Four. Wilhelmina models will take the stage once again in the afternoon to share new fall styles from local boutiques and design collectives that celebrate Independent Designers and Diversity through fashion. These boutiques include Smak Parlour, Fason De Viv and shared space boutique, 323 Arch Street Fashion Collective, who will be represented by the brands LELE and National Picnic. The show will be set to music mixed by Cosmo Baker of Philadelphia’s Scratch Academy. Hair and makeup will be provided by Old City’s own Lakshmi Hair Studio. Whether your taste is contemporary, edgy, glam, or bohemian, these shows will not disappoint!



There are lots of fun family events.


The family fun zone will feature performances from the Give & Take Jugglers, Philadelphia Dance Academy, Music Monkey Jungle and many more. AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate, the historic division of Mars Chocolate, will present the history and preparation of colonial chocolate at the Betsy Ross House. Stop by to experience chocolate the same way that 18th century chocolate maker, Mary Crathorne, did! Check in as special guests will visiting throughout the day. You might recognize some of America’s most famous neighbors!

12:00pm – Gymnastics presentation by students from Relentless Fitness
1:00pm – Arden Drama School
2:00pm – Pirates of Fortune’s Folly Stunt Show SpectaculARRRR!
3:00pm – Philadelphia Dance Academy
4:00pm – Music Monkey Jungle
5:00pm – Give & Take Jugglers


From its historic past to its artful present to its tech future, Old City is the place to be! Look for vibrant and diverse offerings that make the neighborhood the historic gem of Philadelphia. Old City staples lining the streets will include Buddakan, Continental, Cuba Libre, Franklin Fountain, Old City Coffee, Sassafras, Center for Art in Wood, Clay Studio, Smak Parlour, and Third Street Habit. Start-ups and newer businesses including Conversion, The Little Lion, People Prints and Select Shop 215 are just some of the more than 100 vendors. Mark your calendar, tell your friends and come prepared for a festival unlike any other. For a full list of activities, vendors, schedules and other information, see below or visit oldcitydistrict.org.

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The lineup of Old City restaurants showcases the wide variety of styles and flavors while highlighting some of the best food and drinks. With more than two dozen food vendors setting up shop for the festival there is something for everyone. (*New to Old City Fest for 2016.)



Old City Fest will feature live performances from Worldtown Soundsystem, DJ D-ILL, Ernest Stuart and Hannah Taylor and the Rekardo Lee Trio on the main stage located at 4th and Arch Streets throughout the day. Plus, look out for Almanac Dance Circus Theatre and other pop-up performances throughout the festival footprint!

* Hannah Taylor and the Rekardo Lee Trio – 12:30pm

Hannah Taylor was born a little orphan girl to a black bear in the Upstate New York woods. She was raised on blackberries and moonshine. As an adult, following her stint as Aretha Franklin’s backup singer, she ventured to Philadelphia and fell in love with our city. Rockabilly, country and rock fans alike agree… Despite a lack of male pompadours, the band knows how to keep the dance floor hopping and the drinks flowing.

* Ernest Stuart – 2:00pm

Philadelphia native Ernest Stuart is the Founder/Artistic Director of the Center City Jazz Festival. Stuart is a graduate of Temple University where he earned a B.A. in Jazz Performance. While attending Temple University Ernest Stuart became known as a versatile trombonist who could play various styles of music from jazz, salsa, R&B, neo-soul to hip-hop.

* DJ D-ILL – 3:30pm

Dylan Curtis, a.k.a., DJ D-ILL was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the age of nine, D-ILL began to take an interest in DJ’ing.  His previous DJ engagements include; White House’s fifth annual Kids’ “State Dinner”, Host/DJ for Kid Zone at WAWA Welcome America Philadelphia on July 3rd & 4th, opening DJ for Andy Mineo Youth Concert, being host DJ for the 2016 DJ Independence Day and the 2016 Jubilee concert series, featured DJ for BoomBox Life on WildFire Internet Radio and Al Black’s Show on Blazin267 Internet radio, and performing at the Philly Hip Hop Indie Awards.

* Worldtown Sound System – 5:00pm

Worldtown Soundsystem is a unique, high-energy live music experience uniting the spheres of electronic dance music and world rhythms with live, organic instruments. Performing soulful, energizing house music compositions while showcasing influences from Afrobeat, Latin rhythms and classic funk, this electrifying 10-piece band boasts a seasoned cast of musicians from around the globe.


The Old City District is a special services district, managed by a board of directors drawn from area commercial property owners, business people and civic organizations.  Located in the most historic square mile of the United States, Old City is a unique blend of historic influence and modern lifestyles. Old City has reinvented itself from foundries, factories and warehouse spaces into the residential, retail, dining and cultural destination of the city with art galleries, restaurants, and upscale retail boutiques and historic tours. www.oldcitydistrict.org.

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LeBron James’ Cleveland Hustles Contest for Small Biz

After winning “one for the Land,” LeBron James is looking beyond basketball to help a small, local business owner looking to take their business to the next level.  ”Cleveland Hustles” is the new LeBron James/ CNBC show that could take your business to the next level.

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To celebrate the launch of  ”Cleveland Hustles”, which premieres Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 10pm ET‪/PT, they’re giving brick-and-mortar small, local business owners across the country a chance to win the promotional package of a lifetime. The prize includes a social media endorsement from LeBron James, and promotion on CNBC TV, digital and social channels. In Philly there’s two ways to enter, online on Twitter/Instagram see instructions below.

Or on Friday head on over to Milk Boy 401 South St for an in person audition from 12PM to 3PM. Rules and instructions below.



Step 1: Create a 23-second video pitch answering the question, “How would my business uniquely benefit from a LeBron James social media endorsement?”
Step 2: Post your video on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #PitchLeBronContest

The perfect 23-second pitch tips:

  • Be memorable and show your passion!
  • Tell us what’s unique about your business
  • Keep it short! You have 23 seconds

Entries will be evaluated for originality and creativity by a judging panel. Participants may be contacted for additional information based on the quality of their video pitches. The contest entry period ends August 18, 2016 at 11:59pm ET. The winner will be announced online on August 23, 2016.



One local, small business owner will win a promotional package, which includes:

  • one (1) social media post from LeBron James
  • fifteen (15) on-air promotional spots mentioning the winning small business to air on CNBC
  • ten (10) lower-third promotional snipes mentioning winning small business to air on CNBC
  • five (5) social media posts mentioning winning small business across CNBC social media platforms
  • one (1) digital post mentioning winning small business on


  • Businesses must have no more than 250 employees
  • Businesses must have a brick-and-mortar physical location
  • Business is not a franchise and does not service customers outside of its immediate local area (e.g., does not have a mail-order business or online store)
  • Contestants can only enter oncehttp://www.pitchlebroncontest.com/LeBron


    As part of the “Cleveland Hustles” presents: #PitchLeBronContest, show host Bonin Bough is taking to the road and hosting mini-pitch sessions in Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco. Small, local business owners will get a chance to make a pitch to Bonin and a guest judge onstage, and get some quick, in-person feedback. At some of the events, attendees will also have the chance to participate in live audience Q&A.

    What to bring: Any products or props for your pitch, your friends and family, a good attitude!

    Remember: you only have 23 seconds!

    Come join us!

    Philadelphia –  Friday, August 12 – 12–3pm
    401 South St
    Philadelphia, PA 19147

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