First place winner Clinch Life Outfitters. pictured L to R: Kathy Stewart, Main Street manager; Mellason Clark and Maddie Gordon, owners; Sarah Sawyers, Planning Team member.
Second place winner Scott's Shockingly Awesome Soaps. pictured L to R. Kathy Stewart, Main Street manager, Nathan Shockly, owner; Sarah Sawyers, Planning Team member.
Third Place winner Clinch Valley Artisans. pictured L to R: Kathy Stewart, Main Street manager; Gary Gibson, owner, Sarah Sawyers, Planning Team member.
St. Paul Main Street is pleased to announce the winners of the StartUP St. Paul Entrepreneur Challenge.
First Place - Clinch Life Outfitters, owned and operated by Mellason Gordon Clark and Maddie Gordon. First Place prize package included $5,000 cash, one year paid membership donated by Wise Co./City of Norton Chamber of Commerce, and one hour of legal consultation donated by Frank Kilgore, PC.
Second Place, worth $1,000, went to Nathan Shockley, owner and operator of Scott's Shockingly Awesome Soaps.
Third Place prize of $200 went to Clinch River Artisans, owned and operated by Gary and Isaac Gibson.
We would like to thank our financial sponsors Town of St. Paul, St. Paul IDA, and St. Paul Main Street. Thanks to Food City of St. Paul for donating food for the class sessions.
Special thanks to the business leaders who donated their time and talents to this Challenge in support of Entrepreneurs: Robyn Lee, Opportunity SWVA; Sandy Ratliff, VCC; Tim Blankenbechler, SBDC; People, Inc.; Carl Knoblock, SBA; Pam Collie, Frontier Secure; Melissa Coffey, First Bank&Trust; Karen McGee Bookkeeping; Kitty Barker, HOA; Josh Sawyers, LAB-20; Barbara Trent, Carter Bank & Trust; Cathy Mays State Farm Insurance;Linda Tiller; Sarah Sawyers, ReMax Realty; Ernie Maddy, DHCD; Mandy Archer, SBDC; Becky Nave, VTC; Fred Ramey, City of Norton; Planning Team Members: Kathy Stewart, Sarah Sawyers, Lou Wallace, Bill Wallace, Jennifer Bailey, JD Cassell.