Nena Tacos is the Ponca City Pitch-Off Champion
Ponca City, OK - Ponca City Development Authority (PCDA) hosted the Sixth Annual Business Plan Pitch-off Friday, March 11th. Going pitch to pitch were Nena Tacos and Central Café with their business plan submissions the previous week. Nena Tacos and Central Café pitched to three judges for a chance at cash and local incentives in support of their business growth.
“We are excited to host this type of small business competition which supports start-ups and existing small businesses looking to grow a new product or service,” stated Kat Long, Small Business and Information Coordinator for PCDA. “The Pitch-off has been an effective way to pull start-ups out of the planning stages into the “doing” stage. We could not do this type of program without the direction of the PCDA Board of Trustees and support of our partner Pioneer Technology Center Business Services; especially Ben Evans, Entrepreneurial Services Coordinator.”
Nena Tacos received high score and praise from the judges for a good food truck concept and the family work ethic which will assist them going forward. The Nena in “Nena Tacos” is Mom Nena, and along with her son Abran Farias and his wife Kaitlin, are equal owners and will operate the truck in various locations in and around Ponca City. “This has always been Nena’s dream: to cook authentic Mexican food from her family to yours in an accessible way” said Abran during the Pitch-off. “We thank Jeff MacKinnon at Equity Bank for working with us over the last two years; Ben Evans at Pioneer Technology Center who showed us the value of writing a Business Plan and this Pitch-off, which I believed was scarier than anything we have accomplished so far.” Nena Tacos has agreements to set-up at Equity Bank locations, the University Center, Vortex Alley Brewing and other locations. They intend to be at festivals such as The Ponca City Art Festival, Charlie Adams Day, Herb Festival and many more. Like them on Facebook to see their schedule, menu and pricing.
During this year of kindness campaign by our Ponca City Chamber, the Farias familia added one more act to their acceptance speech. They announced to the judges and Kal Cloonan, pitching for Central Café, that Nena Tacos will split the cash incentive of $2000 with Central Café and give them the free office space for a year. Needless to say, there was not a dry eye in the house. Thank you local judges Jodi Cline, Edward Jones; Shane Blaes, RCB Bank and Kerri Bowman, Community National Bank for sharing your time and talent with this PCDA program.
The next Business Plan Pitch-off is scheduled for Friday, June 10th with business plans to be submitted by close of business Wednesday, June 1st. Businesses must be based in Ponca City whether store front, online, manufacturing or back office. For more information and to participate in the next Pitch-off, contact Kat Long at 580.761.3028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Congratulations to Nena Tacos LLC and Central Cafe.
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Pictured Lt to Rt: David Myers, PCDA Executive Director; Kal Cloonan, Central Cafe; Kaitlin, Natalie, Abron and Nena Farias, Nena Tacos LLC; Kat Long, PCDA and Ben Evans, Pioneer Technology Entrepreneurial Services Coordinator.