B’More BOLD awards $6,000 to local entrepreneurs
Jul 02, 2021CCBC’s B’More BOLD Business Conference has awarded three creative entrepreneurs a total of $6,000 through the event’s pitch competition.
The conference was a virtual event featuring 25 speakers and 17 sessions, bringing together students, entrepreneurs, college faculty and business owners from the Baltimore-Annapolis areas. Attendees gained valuable information to help grow their businesses and turn their ideas for new products and services into sustainable entities.
The B’More BOLD Pitch Competition was the culminating event, with all competitors walking away with a scholarship to CCBC’s “mini-MBA” small business start-up course.
Seven contestants vied for the competition’s winnings by providing an initial two-minute video pitch, followed by a 12-minute live virtual pitch before a panel of judges. Judges included Darren Peyton, assistant director, Baltimore County Small Business Development Center; Lisa Scott Dzwonczyk, area marketing director, Chick-fil-A; and Christopher Wink, CEO, Technically Media.
First place, $3,000
Krystal Henry (Baltimore, Md.) founded Around the Way Moms LLC, an all-occasion card line that produces culturally relevant stationery items. Henry plans to use her winnings to expand her product line and increase her knowledge of graphic design. Instagram: @roundthewaymom
Second place, $2,000
Jordan Foley (Annapolis, Md.) is the creator of Chow, a nonprofit organization providing veterans and military spouses pathways to business ownership in the culinary industry through food truck training. Foley uses a fleet of food trucks to train future entrepreneurs and also visits underserved regions to provide hot meals, public health resources, and even free WiFi from his food trucks. He plans to use his winnings to invest in his company and continue community outreach. Instagram: @chow_nonprofit
Third place, $1,000
Jeremiah Batucan (Annapolis, Md.) is the co-founder of the Annapolis Social League, a sports and social events company created to produce community events that are competitive, social, and philanthropic. Batucan plans to use his winnings for equipment, marketing and expansion beyond Annapolis. Instagram: @AnnapolisSocial