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Mitsubishi launches Small Batch - Big Ideas Entrepreneur Network mentoring program

Mitsubishi has teamed up with a Nashville networking organization to launch a new initiative focused on small business startups.

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Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) has teamed up with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center to create the Small Batch - Big Ideas Entrepreneur Network. The network will consist of a small cohort of entrepreneurs that will convene monthly for networking and monitorship experiences.

All Small Batch events will be virtual. They include networking opportunities, expert-led webinars, and direct access to MMNA executives for in-depth, one-on-one, co-learning time.

"Nashville is a special place, fueled by a bold, creative energy that is especially apparent in its entrepreneur community," said MMNA Chief Operating Officer Mark Chaffin. "Through this partnership, Mitsubishi Motors helps to celebrate individuals who choose to do things differently and think outside the box. Working in concert with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center is our tangible way of showing that."

The announcement comes as Mitsubishi gears up for a rapid release of new and refreshed models over the course of the next year.

Entrepreneurs and small businesses can apply to be part of the Small Batch - Big Ideas Entrepreneur Network by clicking here.

From the applicants roster, the partners will narrow the competition to 10 finalists. Those finalists will then pitch for a slot in the network during a live, online pitch competition on Oct. 23. The top five pitches will secure a slot in the Network, and a $2,000 prize will be awarded for the best overall pitch.

At the end of the year-long program, Mitsubishi will conduct a second contest, this time on social media, asking its followers to select a "fan favorite" business. The winner of the second and final competition will receive a six-month Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross loan.

"Our team worked closely with Mitsubishi Motors to build a completely unique program for the Nashville entrepreneur and small business community," said EC CEO Jane Allen. "This type of support, access and exposure is more critical now than ever, and we are proud to partner with Mitsubishi to deliver that."

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The new ClickShop interface allows customers to shop for and purchase a vehicle online.

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If you like a Mitsubishi but don't like your local Mitsubishi dealership, there's good news. Today Mitsubishi Motors North America has launched a 24-hour digital showroom on mitsubishicars.com that allows customers to start, pause, restart, and complete the car buying process from the comfort and convenience of their home.

Called ClickShop, the process is designed to make the buying process as click, click, car." It rolls together the ability to browse real-time inventory; build a custom deal, with pre-populated, applicable incentives, including payment, trade, and taxes; submit their credit application and book an in-person or virtual appointment. Customers are also not required to submit their contact information to unlock deals.

"Mitsubishi Motors has so much to be proud of in 2021," said Mark Chaffin, Mitsubishi Motors North America Chief Operating Officer. "We are delivering a bold, capable and stylish lineup of vehicles that will result in one of the freshest showrooms in the industry, and we are delivering a fast, fair and fun car-buying experience to our customers. Tools like ClickShop allow us to deliver on what really matters to the modern customer by using data in a thoughtful, strategic way."

Still wondering how it works? Mitsubishi has a handy video you can watch the explains the process.

Between now and the end of the second quarter of 2021, Mitsubishi Motors will launch three revised vehicles and one all-new, ground-up redesign.

"We want people to feel good about buying a car, after all it is one of the most expensive purchases people will make in their lifetime," said Richard Herod III, White Bear Mitsubishi (White Bear Lake, Minn.) Dealer Principal. "This means we have to meet them where they are, be respectful of their time and sensitive to their budget, and we must be transparent. ClickShop allows us to show up for and support our customers, even before they walk in the door."

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Toyota is offering its Lexus and Toyota financial services customers impacted by severe winter weather payment options to ease the burden of recovery.

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Toyota Financial Services (TFS) and Lexus Financial Services (LFS) are offering payment relief options for Texas customers after by Winter Storm Uri. The storm, which struck earlier this month, killed dozens of Texans, left millions without power, and impacted the water supply for over 15 million homes.

Any TFS or LFS customer who lives in the designated disaster area is eligible for relief. Over 60 Texas counties were part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) recent Texas Severe Winter Storms (DR-4586-TX). It is currently categorized as an active disaster.

There are a number of options for those that have leased or purchased vehicles utilizing the financial services and insurance arm of Toyota Motor Company. Some of those options include:

  • extensions and lease deferred payments;
  • redirecting billing statements; and
  • arranging phone or online payments.

Texas icicle sign Icicles hang off the State Highway 195 sign on February 18, 2021 in Killeen, Texas.Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

TFS customers who would like to discuss their account options are encouraged to contact the company by calling 800-874-8822 or contact TFS via email using the Mail Center function after logging into ToyotaFinancial.com.

LFS customers may call 800-874-7050 or contact LFS via email using the Mail Center function after logging into LexusFinancial.com.

Houstonians are also able to receive additional relief for disaster-related issues. The Harris County Appraisal District announced that Houstonians whose home saw at least 15 percent damage and who live in a disaster-declared area are entitled to a temporary exemption of a portion of the appraised value of the property, according to CultureMap reporting.

Toyota isn't the only automaker stepping up. Ford has also offered to delay payments for Texans that owe money to its Ford and Lincoln financial services divisions.

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