The Starting Line held a pitch competition for entrepreneurs in the early stages of businesses growth and startups on Dec. 1 at Lyon College in the Edward Commons. Seven businesses, all fully prepared for the selection panel’s numerous questions, successfully pitched.
After careful deliberation, the panel selected four businesses to participate in the pilot program planned to launch in January 2017. The businesses selected to receive free business development services over the next year are J’s Sewing Machine Repair operated by owner, J.W. Deaton who has successfully invented a sewing tool, Rainmaker Customz operated by Kenny Raines whose team customizes stainless steel products in a unique way, T’s Boxed Lunches owned and operated by Kristy Campbell who specializes in niche catered boxed lunches, and Petals & Plants Florist owned and operated by Patti Cox who wishes to transform her current floral and gift shop into a modern twist on floral and gifts.
“We invite the community to follow along with us as we tell these savvy individuals’ stories and work as a team in the trenches alongside them developing successful strategies and overcoming the unique challenges of doing business in our community,” says Dr. Anne Austin, Board Chairman.
The Starting Line aims to set the pace for success with its clients. The program focuses on giving clients free customized technical assistance in growing their businesses and coordinating progress through connecting business owners with experienced advisers, mentors, and experts.