Savannah Entrepreneurs Shine At BizPitch Competition

By Katie Nussbaum Savannah Morning News, Ga.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Carrie Christian and Kristie Duncan were among the winners at Friday night's BizPitch competition. They are the founders of the "Scribble Subscription Box" -- a monthly subscription box that offers innovative craft-projects for kids.

Savannah Morning News, Ga.

From a craft subscription box for kids, to K-Cup style Yerba Mate capsules and an app designed to help you streamline your pet's medication and veterinarian visits, the business ideas were innovative and abundant during Savannah SCORE's first BizPitch Savannah Competition Friday night at Bull Street Labs.

The eight finalists were given four minutes each to pitch their idea to a panel of judges, who had an additional four minutes for comments and questions before choosing three winners at the end of the night.

Friday's winners were: Carrie Christian and Kristie Duncan -- "Scribble Subscription Box" -- Creative art play for children through innovative craft-projects-in-a-box offered by monthly subscription.

Jason King -- "Heel!" -- Veterinary Network App designed to foster cooperation and information sharing between veterinarians and pet owners to promote quality pet care and medication compliance.

Ian Reddick -- "Mercury Modular Guitars" -- Beautiful professional grade electric guitars that quickly disassemble to fit in carry-on luggage and/or easily convert to different models.

All three received $3,000 in cash and a package of professional business services, including logo design, public relations, legal services and more worth more than $11,000 to help launch their new business.

The winners must establish the business in Chatham County and launch no later than Jan. 1, 2020.

"The quality of the pitches, the variety and creativity of the proposed businesses were fabulous and it was a difficult decision to pick three out of this great group of eight finalists," said Savannah SCORE chapter chair Michael Siegel.

Part of the national SCORE network, which provides free mentoring and assistance to business owners, the Savannah chapter has helped establish nearly 300 new small businesses and create almost 500 new non-owner jobs in the last two years alone.

Along with SCORE National, the local chapter partnered with more than a dozen awarding, supporting and in-kind service donors, including the City of Savannah Office of Business Opportunity, Savannah Economic Development Authority, Yates-Astro, Sand Dollar Accounting Services, University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, the Savannah Downtown Business Association and more.

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