Posted on February 10, 2022
The field narrowed in the 2022 Fort Worth Business Plan Competition, with 20 competitors taking part in several weeks of business development workshops, mentorship opportunities and pitch practice with local partners.
The competition is a celebration of Fort Worth’s entrepreneurial spirit and serves as both a showcase and training opportunity for the city’s emerging small businesses to help them achieve long-term success.
Once the top 20 complete their training, they will use it to create a comprehensive business plan. The plans will be judged and the top 8 will have the opportunity to pitch their businesses to a panel of judges in the final to determine the winners.
The 2022 competition is once again sponsored by Frost Bank. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finalists, with $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place and $3,000 for third place.
“Bringing this beloved local competition back after the pandemic has been incredibly exciting for everyone involved – corporations, sponsors and partners,” said Robert Sturns, director of economic development for the city of Fort Worth. “It’s always incredibly rewarding to watch these businesses grow, build relationships, and impact their community based on the time they spend together during this contest.”
This year’s cohort also reflects the diversity of Fort Worth’s growing small business community, as half of the top 20 companies are certified minority-owned businesses and 40% are women-owned businesses. All of the Top 20 companies are either based in Fort Worth or have already been mentored by one of the competition partners.
Top 20 Companies
- Blackheart Financial Services – A black-owned business specializing in financial literacy, tax preparation and mobile notary.
- WHITE Cowork + Studio – A collaborative workspace/community focused on content creators and entrepreneurs.
- Carrie Lou’s Restoration – A catering service that provides a full dining experience, including food, dishes and cutlery, centerpieces, floral arrangements and more.
- herd through the vine – A professional staffing and grooming service that provides barbering and cosmetology services to people in nursing homes, retirement homes and rehabilitation facilities.
- Heritage Music Studio – A community-focused music studio that teaches music lessons in multiple instruments to all ages.
- Hollie’s Auto Sales – A company specializing in the sale of refurbished and used auto parts, body repair and the purchase/sale of used cars.
- tropical islands – This dessert parlor brings fresh fruit, cakes, smoothies and shakes to Near Southside and beyond.
- JJ’s friends – An organization for people with autism giving them access to a high quality of life, continuing education, employment opportunities and socialization activities.
- K8 communication – A company that helps nonprofits and mission-driven businesses develop strategic stories that drive retention, revenue and engagement.
- Krewe Logistics – A third-party logistics provider and an asset-based trucking company.
- Laubeaud LLC – A digital marketing and virtual staffing solution for businesses in the global B2C and B2B service-as-software markets.
- At Miguel’s – A local food truck that serves a variety of burgers, sandwiches and other fried dishes.
- Take care of your garden Urban farm – Aims to create a food oasis in the Southeast Fort Worth Food Desert by teaching people how to grow food, prepare healthy and nutritious meals, and cultivate a wellness community.
- Panther City Gold – A specialty jewelry store focused on gold, from traditional handmade pieces to non-traditional offerings.
- Rejoice dance studio – Offers an educational dance program for children and adults, encouraging them to use dance as a tool to bring joy, health and beauty to the community.
- Salty pages – A small marketing company specializing in messaging for creative entrepreneurs, with the aim of telling stories and changing lives.
- stone academy – Offers several nursing assistance programs for people who wish to pursue a career in the healthcare field at a competitive cost, while also providing accommodations for learning disabilities, special needs and the disabled.
- Ten Four Movies LLC – A digital agency that helps clients grow their business through new ideas and messaging.
- Unbent Inc. – A virtual reality/AI recruiting platform that assesses performance biases in simulated environments to identify the best job matches fairly.
- Your Nursing Advocates– Educates and empowers people to take control of their health care choices by providing an advocate who works for them.
Save the date for the final
Fort Worth 2022 Business Plan Competition Finals To Be Held Thursday May 5, at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth as part of National Small Business Week. More information and registration information will be available soon.
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