|2019 Gauntlet Entrepreneurs, Prizes Listed|
Vinton, VA (May 16, 2019) - It was a very successful evening for the Alleghany Highlands area's various entrepreneurs at the 2019 Gauntlet awards ceremonies.
"Formable Grabber" and owner Nick Morgan won top prize of $21,095.
Here are the other Highlands area participants.
IVO, Ltd, Richard Mansell, wireless electronics, $18,845
Easy Workings, Tom Fu, software (Artificial intelligence), $17,345
Honeycomb Grove, Steve Redden, Meadery & Garden, $14,045
Quest Knight Enterprises, Tim Tingler, Unmanned Systems, $7,845
Vernz Trucking, Laverne Dillard, Long haul trucking, $7345.
Keely Photography, Keely Massie, Marketing, $6,595
Born Again Custom Woodworks, LLC, Wayne Lamb, Natural wood items, $6,399
Celebration Depot, Michele Nicely, Gaming/Retail, $3,895
Coffee Museum, Judith Sivonda, Museum Coffee Shop, $3,800
Sonny Side Cafe, Devin Nicely, Cafe at DSLCC, $2,900
Art Squared, Cheyenne Sweeney, Arts/consignments, $2,420
Olde Town Diner, Todd Dillon/Mark Greer, Restaurant, $1,650
Michel's Pizza/Bath County, Eddie Neutelings, Pizza Restaurant, $1,100
Total = $115,279
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The Gauntlet Awards ceremony (took place Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the Vinton War Memorial). This was the 5th Annual Gauntlet Business Program & Competition (started with 122 entrepreneurs/84 businesses that participated in the 10 weeks of training and then 50 of those businesses went on to participate in the business competition portion)
The following is a list of the Gold Division winners (top 12 winners) with their localities and total value of their cash and in-kind prize packages.
All 50 businesses won prize packages based on their needs for their startups or expansions to further advance their business goals and strategies!!
An Advancement Foundation spokesperson noted, "Congratulations to all 50 participating businesses, and graduates, of the Gauntlet Business Program & Competition!! Thank you to all the 2019 Sponsors, Localities, Partners, Mentors, and Community Leaders that make this program a success!! Special thanks to our lead sponsors WFXR and State Farm for your support and community advocacy!! Lastly, immense gratitude to each participating locality including Roanoke County, Roanoke City, Botetourt County, Alleghany Highlands, and the Town of Vinton!!"
12th Place- Valley Cryotherapy
11th Place (tie)- The Foundry
11th Place (tie)- The Harvest Collective
10th Place- Born Again Custom Woodworks
9th Place- Keely Massie Photography
8th Place (tie)- Advanced Racking
8th Place (tie)- Downshift Outfitters
Roanoke City (expanding into Roanoke County)
7th Place- Accelerated Academics
6th Place- Honeycomb Grove
5th Place- Quest Knight Enterprises
4th Place- Why Knot Boat With Us
3rd Place- Easy Workings
2nd Place (tie)- IVO Limited
2nd Place (tie)- Roanoke Neuromuscular
1st Place- Formable Grabber