Christian County Cares 2015 announced the finalists and winner of the EI2 Business Plan Competition at the Christian County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner held Thursday, June 7.
The winning business plan was selected from fifteen initial registrants and three finalists, who gave investor presentations on May 15 to a panel of expert judges.
Tangy Roots Frozen Yogurt, a self-serve frozen yogurt business that will be owned and operated by Dana and Thomas Douthitt and Austin and Jenny Roberts, claimed the $5,000 cash prize and services valued at over $4,000 to include marketing and advertising support, legal services, water service, Chamber membership, and training programs.
Tangy Roots Frozen Yogurt, to be located in Skyline Plaza on Fort Campbell Boulevard in Hopkinsville, will offer 6 flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt with 40 toppings, a salad bar and beverages. The business will also provide free wireless internet and the ability to host events.
Contest finalists also include:
In Fitness Wellness Center, a nutritional Health and Wellness Clinic to be owned and operated by Michelle Crowe and Zachary Sisson.
Cake Box, a full service bakery and sweet shop to be owned and operated by Jeri Lynn Adams.
“We were very pleased with the quality of the entries we received in the inaugural year of this contest. All finalists displayed a tremendous amount of work and thought in developing their plans,” said Loretta Daniel, director of the Regional Business and Innovation Center, the title sponsor of the contest. “Each business has the potential to grow into a valuable job creator for Christian County,” she added.
Competition sponsors included: Regional Business and Innovation Center at Murray State University, West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, Christian County Cares 2015, Christian County Chamber of Commerce, Fletcher Law Firm, Trio Signs, Kentucky New Era, Grass Roots Political Productions, Hopkinsville Community College and Culligan Water.
The inaugural EI2 Business Plan Competition promotes entrepreneurial activity and greater awareness of the resources available to grow entrepreneurs in Christian County. The competition offers prizes for the best new venture plan to be located in Christian County. Contestants have the opportunity to attended training workshops and test their business ideas with successful entrepreneurs and business resource professionals.
For more information about the contest and finalists, contact Jennifer Patterson at 270-885-9096 or visit http://entrepreneur.christiancountychamber.com.