Top seven entrepreneurs from CCBC compete for seed money and the opportunity to launch their own start-ups

Feb 03, 2016 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.840.2482 (cell)

6 p.m., Feb. 6, Rolling Road Golf Club
Keynote Speaker: Natalie Martz “How to Create Your Own Destiny and Make a Difference” 

Catonsville, MD – The Community College of Baltimore County’s Center for Business Innovation is hosting its 3rd Annual Business Plan Competition from 6 – 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 6 at Rolling Road Golf Club, 814 Hilltop Ave, Catonsville, MD 21228.

Students and alumni will compete in the final round of the competition for seed money to help them turn their ideas into new businesses this spring. Known as the Center for Business Innovation’s annual “shark tank” round, the top seven finalists will compete for $2,000 in seed money and the opportunity to work with CCBC’s top students who will help them get their businesses off the ground. What began as a competition with 64 participants in the fall of 2015 is now down to the top seven.

The seven finalists include:
  1. Angela Phillips, Concierge Extraordinaire LLC, an event planner and concierge service for busy professionals.
  2. Cecily Roberts, I Do Too, a wedding planner for LGBT couples.
  3. Jaron Lewis, Suicide Fitness, a personal training and coaching service focused on both mind and body.
  4. Justin Whitcome, F5 Portable Mixer, a single-serving mixer designed to blend powdered supplements with liquid to create a power drink.
  5. Kia Burch, Nicole’s Dance Club, a non-alcohol club for those 18 and over who want to dance to Top 40 hits.
  6. Kyle Johnson, Wealth & Abundance, a lifestyle brand featuring unique apparel designs.
  7. Malika Amanova, Wish of Woman (WOW) Makeup, a mobile make-up service for special events such as weddings.
This year’s competition also features a very special keynote presentation by Natalie Martz, who will share her inspiring story of entrepreneurship that began when she was 19 years old and attending the Community College of Baltimore County. As someone who has a passion for leadership and making a difference in the lives of younger generations she also owned a tutoring business and is now the owner and operator of the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Towson. Martz will share her story and offer advice for other business owners who want to take control of their destiny while also making a meaningful impact on their community.

“We’re very fortunate to have Natalie Martz share her passion for entrepreneurship as the keynote speaker at this year’s Business Plan Competition,” says Dennis Sullivan, executive director of the Center for Business Innovation. “Her approach to building and growing businesses has earned her the respect of other business owners as well as the community and I’m convinced that anyone who aspires to be successful would benefit from her advice.”

The judges for this year’s competition feature an impressive line-up of entrepreneurs, executives and business leaders from the Baltimore area including:
  • Linda Goldberg, HR Director at WPM Real Estate Management and CCBC Board Trustee.
  • Frank van Fliet, Executive-in-Residence at the University of Baltimore’s Marketing and Entrepreneurship Department.
  • James Himel, former equity partner in a $25 million start-up, and currently serves as a CCBC-Catonsville Foundation Board Member.
  • Danielle Alderson, owner and operator of Chick-fil-A Eastpoint restaurant.
  • Ken Westary, VP of Institutional Advancement at CCBC.
Seating is limited to the first 75 who respond for this special event that features a dinner and awards ceremony held Saturday, February 6, 2016, 6 – 7:30 pm. There is no charge for this event but donations to the Center for Business Innovation supporting entrepreneurship opportunities for CCBC students and alumni are greatly appreciated. If interested in attending, email Dennis Sullivan at

The Center for Business Innovation’s Business Plan Competition is sponsored by the Baltimore area Chick-fil-A restaurants, the CCBC Foundation, CCBC Alumni Association and the many business owners and CCBC faculty who have graciously donated their time and energy to the participants of the competition. All share a desire to transform lives through the power of the entrepreneurial mindset.


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Providing accessible, affordable and high-quality education since 1957, CCBC educates more than 70,000 students each year, including half of all Baltimore County residents attending college in Maryland as undergraduates. Committed to student success and the development of lifelong learners who strengthen our regional workforce and enrich our community, CCBC has also been selected to participate in Achieving the Dream, a national student success initiative. In 2011, the Chronicle of Education honored CCBC as one of only 26 community colleges across the nation named “Great Colleges to Work For.”

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