Eugene Entrepreneur Wins Latino Business Network Pitch Competition

Eugene, Ore

Using LivePlan, local entrepreneur wins over $2000 in prizes for her race management company business plan and pitch

Eugene, Ore. - May 20, 2014 - Local entrepreneur and running enthusiast, Piper Ruiz, won over $2000 in prizes last week though a business plan and pitch competition hosted by the Eugene Latino Business Network and Palo Alto Software.

Ruiz originally went to the Eugene Chamber of Commerce’s Latino Business Network program to network and promote her race management company, Pink Buffalo Productions. Using LivePlan, she entered the organization’s business pitch competition and won various prizes including free business consulting from the executive team at Palo Alto Software, the makers behind LivePlan, a free annual subscription to LivePlan, several business planning guides and $250 in cash.

“Piper crafted a complete pitch and addressed all of the areas a lender or investor requires to consider funding. She not only has experience in her market, but she’s also shown that she can plan, implement and track her growth,” said Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto Software. “We’re really looking forward to continue working with her and playing a part in Pink Buffalo Productions’ success.”

Ruiz, an avid runner, decided to launch her race management company after organizing a race to raise money for a local family struggling to pay for their sick child’s treatment. She also continues to time and announce events with Eclectic Edge Racing, a race management company located in Eugene.

“I soaked up everything I could about the race management process, and began to really enjoy every aspect of it, especially when we’re able to put together these events in an effort to help out someone in need,” Ruiz said. “I’m thankful for both The Eugene Chamber of Commerce and Palo Alto Software for their willingness to help me launch and grow a business that lets me pursue my passions.”

Pink Buffalo Productions has already organized several successful races in Eugene, including the Mardi Gras 5K, the Easter Egg Stash Dash and the Vineyards Marathon & Grapes of Half. The company is also behind the organization of the Eugene Running of the Bulls, scheduled for July 2014.

About Pink Buffalo Productions
Pink Buffalo Productions LLC is a race management company that specializes in providing unique running and walking events for participants of all fitness levels. The events produced by Pink Buffalo Racing, a division of Pink Buffalo Productions LLC, include: Eugene Holiday Half Marathon & Hustle, Mardi Gras 5K, Easter Egg Stash Dash, Eugene Running of the Bulls, Monkey Face Half Marathon and Vineyards Marathon and Grapes of Half. Pink Buffalo Racing’s premier event, the Vineyards Marathon & Grapes of Half, is a wine country event, in partnership with Silvan Ridge Winery, Sweet Cheeks Winery and Noble Estate Winery. The event offers a marathon, half marathon and 5K and was  held on April 27, 2014.