REV 2023

REV applications for small business pitch competition now open

August 1, 2023

Clinton, IL, August 1, 2023 - First National Bank and Trust Company has partnered with DeWitt County Development Council (DCDC) to host REV, a small business pitch competition where $15,000 will be distributed to one or more entrepreneurs. Applications are due September 15, 2023.

From the pool of applicants, up to five businesses will be selected to pitch and be judged on all aspects of their business in front of a panel on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at the Clinton High School located at 1200 IL-54, Clinton, IL 61727. The event is also open to the public and free to attend.

Entrants have 10 minutes to pitch their business concepts, followed by questions from a panel of judges. Applicants will be judged on their pitch, marketing, personal investment level and exit strategy.

First National Bank and Trust Company started the event in 2017 in an effort to spur economic growth and encourage business owners to continue pursuing their dreams. During the six competitions, the bank has collectively awarded $75,000 to the winners.

"Entrepreneurs and businesses are encouraged to pitch their current or future business concepts for a chance to win money to support their idea. It is our mission to IGNITE PROSPERITY® in all the communities we serve," said President of First National Bank and Trust Company, Josh Shofner.

The application deadline is September 15, 2023. To apply, visit and download the application. If you have any questions, please reach out to Danielle Decker or Lance White at First National Bank and Trust Company at 217-935-2148.

About First National Bank & Trust Company: First National Bank & Trust Company is a community bank located in Clinton, Illinois as well as Arcadia, Whitehall and Independence, Wisconsin. Dedicated to community prosperity, the First National Bank and Trust Company was chartered in 1872 under the name DeWitt County National Bank and became part of the TS Banking Group in 2017. With $410 million in assets, First National Bank and Trust Company is dedicated to community reinvestment and gives 10% of its net income back to the community. For more information, visit