CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation announces winners of the 3rd Annual Business Plan Competition

Feb 17, 2016 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.840.2482 (cell)

Baltimore County, MD Malika Amanova of Dundalk, Md., a CCBC student and make-up artist, was selected as the winner of the 3rd Annual Business Plan Competition. The “Shark Tank” round of four finalists was held on Feb. 6. She receives the top prize of $1,000 in seed money and the opportunity to work with CCBC’s top business students to help launch her business idea. Amanova’s business, Wish of a Woman (WOW!), is a mobile make-up service tailored to serve bridal parties, special occasions and clients who want a make-over in 60 minutes or less.

“Winning the final competition and having the opportunity to work with a group of students are the most exciting moments in my life!” says Amanova. I'm looking forward now to launching my business and making my dream come true.

Second-place winner is Kyle Johnson of Windsor Mill, Md., of Wealth & Abundance, a lifestyle brand featuring unique apparel designs, who will receive $500 in seed money. Runner-ups are Jaron Lewis of Baltimore, Md., whose business “Suicide Fitness,” a personal training and coaching service focused on both mind and body, and Kia Burch of Baltimore, Md., of Nicole’s Dance Club, a non-alcohol club for those 18 and over who want to dance to Top 40 hits.

All of the 38 participants, who entered the competition last September, have participated in business planning workshops and have worked with mentors to help them turn their ideas into real businesses. Those winners who are ready to launch will have the opportunity to work with CCBC’s business students to create websites, marketing materials, market research and financial plans as the new business owners get set to launch their businesses.

Natalie Martz of Towson, Md., a former CCBC student and current owner and operator of the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Towson, gave the keynote address and shared her inspiring story of entrepreneurship.

“Chick-fil-A has been a huge supporter of the Center for Business Innovation and in helping students and alumni turn their entrepreneurial visions into something real,” says Dennis Sullivan, executive director of the Center for Business Innovation.

The judges for this year’s competition were: Linda Goldberg of WPM Real Estate Management and a CCBC Board Trustee, Frank van Vliet, 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 a CCBC Catonsville Foundation Board Member, Danielle Alderson, owner and operator of Chick-fil-A Eastpoint restaurant, and Kenneth Westary, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at CCBC.

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.

For information about the Business Plan Competition and Center for Business Innovation, contact Dennis J. Sullivan at CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation at


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