March 2024



Imagine Texarkana as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Pitch It Texarkana is your chance to make that dream a reality. Do you have a business idea that could transform Texarkana? This competition is all about empowering ambitious go-getters like you. This event will be held at Crossties Event Venue in Downtown Texarkana on March 26, where aspiring entrepreneurs will “pitch” their products, services, and technological ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win $7,500. The second-place winner will receive $5,000, while the third-place winner will be awarded $2,500. Contestants will have exactly three minutes to “wow” the judges. This panel of local professionals will be looking for authentic and innovative ideas that will benefit the Texarkana area and further draw more talent and possibilities. Inspired by stories like the winner of the inaugural Pitch It Texarkana, Jesse Darby-Tillis II, who turned his e-sports gaming lounge idea into a reality, Ren Overlock, who revolutionized cargo straps with his innovative design, and last year’s third-place recipient, Felicia Coopwood, who expanded her mobile IV service, Healing Drops, this year’s contestants will have big shoes to fill. According to Coopwood, the impact of Pitch It Texarkana marked a pivotal moment for her startup. Since her victory, her business has been thriving, showing a steady increase in customer volume. Her prize money was strategically invested to enhance various aspects of her business, including securing membership to the Better Business Bureau, which enhanced the company’s credibility. To market, this creative entrepreneur launched a Facebook campaign and invested in promotional materials, including brochures, a tent for events, uniforms, and venue fees. This strategic investment and active community participation underscore Coopwood’s commitment to her services—offering custom vitamin IVs at home. “Preventative health is not a new concept; however, preventative health is often a second thought. I am working hard to change that,” Coopwood stated. Ready to join these winners? Applications are open for the 2024 Pitch It Texarkana competition and the deadline to register is March 8. Head to to apply and take your first step toward turning your dreams into reality. The public is invited to witness the innovative and inspiring pitches, a unique opportunity to see firsthand the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and the transformative ideas shaping the future in Texarkana.



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