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Economic developers want to see more action in Wayne County

When talking about startup success in Wayne County, Economic Development Director Brian Pincelli likes to look at Optimax.

The Ontario company got its start in a Webster barn in 2001, moved to Ontario a couple years later, and is now in the midst of an expansion that will hike the company’s workforce to about 350 employees by 2024, making it one of the county’s larger employers.

“Optimax is the small business success story,” Pincelli said.

The Wayne County Economic Development Corp. is hoping for another success story with its KickStart Wayne County Initiative. It features the inaugural Startup Pitch Competition.

The Startup Pitch Competition is open to Wayne County residents who have new business ideas, as well as small businesses less than 3 years old with annual revenues of no more than $250,000. The winner will receive $40,000.

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