Omaha Restaurant Wins $10,000 First Prize in Pitch Black Contest

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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – 3 News Now has shared the stories of the five Pitch Black finalists over the past few weeks and on Saturday a winner was announced.

The Pitch Black event is hosted annually by the Midland African Chamber of Commerce to create opportunities for black entrepreneurs in Nebraska.

On Saturday, KMTV’s Serese Cole hosted the event where the winner was announced. Five finalists competed for the top prize of $10,000, though the chamber says Pitch Black’s importance goes beyond money.

“It’s really important for black and brown businesses to get the support they need, you know, to establish and grow their businesses. Access to capital can sometimes be a challenge when talking to banks, you know. , or like to raise funds, so it’s a great way for these black and brown businesses to excel, not only in terms of money, but also to get the support they need,” said Marco LeRoc, Vice President of Strategic Planning of the Midland African Chamber.

Nina Sodgi with the Okra African Grill won the top prize this year and will receive the $10,000 prize. Second place went to Robert Ekpai, Topkifer Inc, $5,000; Third place, Imani Murray, Ital Vital Living, $2,500 and Investors Choice, $5,000; Fourth place, Ty Narred, Meraki Montessori, $1,000; Fifth place, Fatou Sogoyou-Bekey, Finally Travel, $1,000.

KMTV was proud to sponsor this event.

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