At 67-years old, Curtis Norris won $15,000 from a recent national business pitch competition. Defy Ventures, a nonprofit organization that helps formerly and currently incarcerated individuals start or grow their own businesses, was the organization that put on the competition. Norris won with a pitch for a mobile power-washing company.
This opportunity is just the beginning of his business career.
In an interview with the Business Insider, Norris talked about his success. He said, “The word that I would use is just ‘wonderful’. It’s wonderful to win. All of this has been worth it now, everything I went through, because this is my last one.”
It’s definitely a hard-earned win for Norris since this wasn’t the first time he joined the competition. After trying in 2016 and again earlier this year, his third pitch finally earned the big win.
With this achievement, Norris plans to use the money to acquire new equipment for his business. Hisis business started out as a hobby in the 1990s, andhe formally opened his business in November 2015. Currently, his business has two part-time employees.
Looking forward, he projects his business will grow more in the coming year.
Norris is focusing on building a larger client base. Buying equipment from his winnings will cut down on rental costs. Now that Norris has come this far, he’s not going to stop. He’s determined to work harder and inspire others to not give up on achieving their goals.
He tells the audience during his win, “My plans for Defy are going to be continuing, period. That’s something I’m going to do. I’ve got to pass it on.”