Yesterday at our members conference To Begin, Begin we had the privilege of awarding the winners of our first ever Build a Business Competition in Lexington. We launched the competition earlier this spring to celebrate our first chapter in Lexington (a lot of firsts happening around here), and to encourage our members there to spread the word about their businesses and ask for help (something that can be really hard for mothers!).
We awarded three grants, ranging from $500 to $2000, and are also offering each winner a $250 credit to spend with a business in Pepperlane. Congratulations to Robin, Sairey, and Sonia for taking the top spots! Read below to learn a bit more about this diverse set of businesses and how they plan to spend the award money.
1st Place: Robin Fishkind, Dog walking and pet care
Robin brings pet owners peace of mind while they are away, through dog walks, outings and boardings with her business, Zen Paws. She plans to use her prize money for a much-needed new computer, training, and organizational help.
2nd Place: Sairey Luterman, grief counselor
Sairey works with individuals who have suffered a loss and need support and compassion while they grieve, through Sairey Luterman Grief Support. She has many ideas for how to spend her prize money, including: purchasing craft materials for when she works with teens, completing her Death Doula training to better serve her clients, purchasing books for a lending library, and buying comfortable furniture and accessories for her office.
3rd Place: Sonia DeMarta, personal chef
Sonia keeps busy families well fed with cooking instruction and home cooking through her business, From Seed to Supper. She plans to invest in acupuncture to help her feet from standing and her tennis elbow from chopping. She'd also like to take a few cooking classes, and maybe a class on simple accounting.
Thank you to all of our Lexington members (and those who voted for them) for participating in this experience and stay tuned to see what's next!