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CBI hosts 7th annual Business Plan Competition

Nichelle Roane & Todd Sheridan of TreeHouse Juicery LLC, center, receive a ceremonial check for $20,000 for winning the seventh annual Business Plan Competition, hosted by the Community College of Baltimore County’s Center for Business Innovation. Presenting the check were Carlene M. Cassidy, far left, CEO of the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation, and Dennis Sullivan, executive director of the CCBC Center for Business Innovation. (Photo courtesy of Community College of Baltimore County)

Nichelle Roane & Todd Sheridan of TreeHouse Juicery LLC, center, receive a ceremonial check for $20,000 for winning the seventh annual Business Plan Competition, hosted by the Community College of Baltimore County’s Center for Business Innovation. Presenting the check were Carlene M. Cassidy, far left, CEO of the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation, and Dennis Sullivan, executive director of the CCBC Center for Business Innovation. (Photo courtesy of Community College of Baltimore County)

Finalist Kofi Osei-Tutu, left, spends time with mentor Leonard Lee, a small business adviser/consultant with the Small Business Resource Center of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce. (Photo courtesy of Community College of Baltimore County)

Finalist Kofi Osei-Tutu, left, spends time with mentor Leonard Lee, a small business adviser/consultant with the Small Business Resource Center of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce. (Photo courtesy of Community College of Baltimore County)

From left,  Community College of Baltimore County President Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis; Dennis Sullivan, executive director of the CCBC Center for Business Innovation; Angella Kevas, project director with the CCBC Center for Business Innovation and Tori K. Burns, director of corporate and foundation relations with CCBC, attended the event. (Photo courtesy of Community College of Baltimore County)

From left, Community College of Baltimore County President Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis; Dennis Sullivan, executive director of the CCBC Center for Business Innovation; Angella Kevas, project director with the CCBC Center for Business Innovation and Tori K. Burns, director of corporate and foundation relations with CCBC, attended the event. (Photo courtesy of Community College of Baltimore County)

Business Plan Competition finalists Carrie Lycett, left, and Alecia Newman, of Inside Out Care LLC, pitched their non-medical companion care company. (Photo courtesy of Community College of Baltimore County)

Business Plan Competition finalists Carrie Lycett, left, and Alecia Newman, of Inside Out Care LLC, pitched their non-medical companion care company. (Photo courtesy of Community College of Baltimore County)

La Tasha Lee, owner of Tasha Flowers Décor & Gifts, returned to the event and participated in the event’s Alumni Pitch Competition. Lee was a 2018 Business Plan Competition winner. (Photo courtesy of Community College of Baltimore County)

La Tasha Lee, owner of Tasha Flowers Décor & Gifts, returned to the event and participated in the event’s Alumni Pitch Competition. Lee was a 2018 Business Plan Competition winner. (Photo courtesy of Community College of Baltimore County)

Kwame Kuadey, CEO and founder of Thrive Company, delivers the keynote address to participants and guests at the seventh annual Business Plan Competition, hosted by the Community College of Baltimore County’s Center for Business Innovation.Kuadey is a mentor at incubators and business schools in the Baltimore area and helps startup founders get their companies off the ground. (Photo courtesy of Community College of Baltimore County)

Kwame Kuadey, CEO and founder of Thrive Company, delivers the keynote address to participants and guests at the seventh annual Business Plan Competition, hosted by the Community College of Baltimore County’s Center for Business Innovation.Kuadey is a mentor at incubators and business schools in the Baltimore area and helps startup founders get their companies off the ground. (Photo courtesy of Community College of Baltimore County)

The Community College of Baltimore County’s Center for Business Innovation (CBI) held its final round of the seventh annual Business Plan Competition Feb. 1 at CCBC Catonsville.

CBI awarded $62,500 collectively to young entrepreneurs seeking startup capital for their fledgling businesses. In its seventh straight year, this has been the largest monetary prize available thanks to a more than $1 million grant from the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation.

In addition to the start-up capital to support entrepreneurs, the grant provides instructional support to develop new courses and workshops to strengthen the business acumen for those interested in starting a new business.

This year’s first-place winnings went to Baltimore residents Nichelle Roane and Todd Sheridan, owners of TreeHouse Juicery, an online juice company that produces and delivers cold-pressed juices to residential and commercial customers. Their winning pitch garnered them $20,000 from the Business Plan Competition. Kwame Kuadey, CEO and founder of Thrive Company who successfully pitched his startup “Gift Card Rescue” on the debut season of ABC-TV’s “Shark Tank,” was the event’s keynote speaker.

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