Taneytown Rocks the 7th Annual Carroll Biz Challenge
Taneytown stands proud this morning after the 7th Annual Carroll Biz Challenge held in Westminster, Maryland at the Carroll Arts Center. Two contestants from Taneytown made it to the final FIVE to pitch their business on stage in-front of a live audience and broadcasted live on the internet and television.
First, lets introduce to you the five finalists, because all are amazing businesses that we wish to applaud:
Sertified., LLC hopes to bridge the gap in American Red Cross trainings throughout the mid-Atlantic region. We have developed a network of instructors that are trained to teach courses such as Lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid, Emergency Medical Responder and many more. With a focus on high quality instructors, we have flipped the training model on its head. Our instructors come to training sites all over the region to provide trainings in a quick, efficient and more affordable manner.
Growing Ideas Sustainable Gardening
The two main ingredients in soil-less potting mixes are typically peat moss and perlite, bagged in plastic. Both are dug up out of the earth in their natural state so are generally considered to be non-sustainable. I replace peat moss and perlite with the upcycled organic waste products coconut coir and rice hulls. Adding plant meals, worm castings, microbial powder, and my specially developed mineral mix, I created an organic potting mix that is very high in quality. Using upcycled coir and hulls as the main ingredients are not only better for the planet, but the plants thrive in this mixture. Root development and water retention are noticeably improved, leading to healthier plants. I sell different versions of my mix for different types of plants in Kraft bags made from recycle paper and coated with a plant-based plastic ‘not petroleum”, so it is compostable.
Visit their Etsy Shop at www.etsy.com/shop/GrowingIdeasGardens
Visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Growing-Ideas-Sustainable-Gardening-133806603936539/
Its All good – catering
We decided to start our own food truck catering business because we have the skill, talent and passion to provide delicious and healthier food options. After working for many years in the corporate food service industry preparing and serving food primarily to seniors, we realized that we have the resources needed to provide a service to the greater community.
Visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/djsmithitsallgood/
Creating amazing events and special experiences is what shop owner Victoria Clausen and her staff do best. Whether you want to buy a single flower stem, a beautiful bouquet, or an arrangement of flowers, Floral Fêtes has a wonderful selection of local and imported blooms to bring your vision to life or to help you make someone’s day! The shop also offers a beautiful array of gifts, cards, and jewelry items for all budgets. On top of that, the shop features on a rotating basis artworks of local area artists that will be on display and also available for sale.
Brewery Fire will bring quality craft beer to the patrons of Carroll County, MD. We would be the first brewery in the county to offer quality, onsite taps, a culinary experience provided by food trucks, and a “stay a while” atmosphere. Our rotating lineup of beers, paired with our year-round backbone, will give regular customers and new visitors something to look forward to.
THANK YOU TO ALL INVOLVED!
Huge thanks to the event manager, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. Thanks to the many many sponsors (too many to name, but you can check them out here: https://carrollbizchallenge.com/). Thanks to the judges: Drew Baker (Old Westminster Winery), Mike Gibble (Gibble Enterprises Holdings), Trish McLean (Ting), and Amy Wallace-Yingling (SBDC).
Time to PITCH…
Each contestant has only FIVE MINUTES to pitch their business to the judges and audience. Then the contestants are asked various questions by the judges, and a few questions sent in by the audience. We’ll share the event video once it is published (thanks to the Community Media Center for recording and broadcasting!).
The People’s Choice Winner Is…
The audience had the opportunity to to send in their vote via text for the first winner…. and a big congrats to the audience favorite, Brewery Fire! They received a check for $1,500.00 towards their business.
The Grand Prize Winner Is…
The 4 judges take on the difficult task of selecting the one winner, who receives a check for $5,000.00 and over $15,000.00 in valuable prizes (products and services) to help them in their business venture. All the finalists were amazing, but only one can win.
And the judge’s pick was… Brewery Fire!
WOW! This is only the 2nd time in two years that the People’s Choice is also the Grand Prize Winner. Congrats again to Brewery Fire. Even better, they are about to set up shop in Taneytown, Maryland. We cannot wait to have you as neighbors!