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Finalists announced for annual Flourish Fund event


Four entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas later this month for a chance to walk away with $3,000. Morgan Chicchelly, Cassandra Spence, Kristen Daily and Chelsea Smith were announced as finalists of this year’s Flourish Fund. Chicchelly is the founder of Des Moines Girl, a digital platform that provides guides, itineraries and profiles on small businesses in the metro. Spence is a chef at DSM Culinary, a program that teaches culinary classes to the public. Daily and Smith are the women behind Pie Bird Pies + Bread by Chelsa B, a new business partnership joining their two existing companies selling pie and sourdough bread. The Flourish Fund community event is designed to give women and gender-nonconforming business owners a chance to earn funds by pitching their ideas to spark, grow or revamp their businesses to a live audience. Ticket sale proceeds are presented to the crowd-selected winner to help fund the idea. The event will be held at Jasper Winery on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. Tickets are available to the public at the Flourish Fund website.

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