First National Bank and Trust Company - Small Business Pitch Competition

Since 1872, First National Bank and Trust Company has been helping communities grow and prosper. Our sole mission is to create community prosperity in all the communities we serve and at First National Bank and Trust Company that is part of everyone's responsibility.

In 2017, we created a small business pitch competition in an effort to spur economic growth and encourage business owners to continue pursuing their dreams. To date, the bank has awarded $75,000 to small businesses.

Applications for REV 2023 will open in the summer of 2023. Stay tuned!




First National Bank and Trust Company has partnered with DeWitt County Development Corporation (DCDC) host REV 2021. Entrepreneurs and business owners will have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of judges to win up to $15,000 to grow their business. REV 2021 took place on November 4, 2021. To read more about the event and meet our 2021 winners, see our press release here.

Shear Paradise

Shear Paradise, a local salon and beauty services, took home the grand prize of $8,000 to improve the salon flooring and invest in more retail inventory items.

shear paradise rev 2021 winner

Gold Standard Barber Shop

Gold Standard Barber Shop, a local all service barbershop, was awarded $6,000 to purchase another chair and set up additional lobby area seating.

gold standard barber shop rev 2021 winner

Wapella Farmer's and Merchant's Bank

Wapella Farmer’s and Merchants Bank Historic Building is a repurposed history building to bring vitality to the town of Wapella. The $1,000 in funds will be put toward ongoing renovations and helping launch their small business Saturday pop-up shops.

merchants bank rev 2021 winner



REV 2020 took place on November 6, 2020, virtually! To read about our winners, click here.