Center for Business Innovation announces Business Plan Competition winners

Feb 25, 2021

Community College of Baltimore County’s Center for Business Innovation hosted its 8th Annual Business Plan Competition Virtual Awards Banquet on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021.

The event featured the top 11 pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs, all of whom are CCBC students or alumni. The winners shared a total of $62,500 in seed money to be used as start-up capital for their fledgling businesses.

The first place winner was Talena Coles of Coles Classic Cakes, an upscale bakery specializing in homemade custom baked goods. Coles was awarded the top prize of $20,000.

Other winners included:

Second place ($15,000): Steven Sadler of LaxStraps, a customizable lacrosse and football helmet accessory that allows players to display text and images while playing their sport.

Third place ($10,000): Jacqueline (Rena) Bullard of Events U Love, an event planning service for busy brides.

Fourth place ($7,500): Cheryl Bennett of Just Swim Consulting, LLC, a company that provides online and in-person leadership, professional and personal development training, keynote speaking, and social networking opportunities to individuals and small and medium-sized companies that want to improve their management staff’s leadership skills.

Runner-up ($5,000): Nicholas Plazio of Alpha First-Aid, a first aid and safety company that sells commercial first aid kits to small businesses.

Runner-up ($5,000): Michael Edwards of Conver-Safety Consulting, LLC, an independent safety consulting business focusing on helping small- to medium-sized businesses minimize or eliminate hazards in the workplace.

These generous prizes would not be possible without the support of the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation, which has awarded more than $1 million in grant funding to expand the Center for Business Innovation. In addition to the start-up capital to support entrepreneurs, the grant provides instructional support to develop new courses and workshops to strengthen the business acumen for those interested in starting a new business.

The CCBC Center for Business Innovation is dedicated to serving CCBC students and alumni who are interested in learning how to turn their ideas for new products, services, businesses and organizations into sustainable entities. Entrepreneurial-minded students and alumni are mentored by CCBC faculty and local business owners.

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