Meet Fort Worth’s newest small-business trailblazers – Welcome to the City of Fort Worth – City of Fort Worth

Published on April 18, 2022

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For more than six weeks, 20 small businesses have been developing the tools, the strategy and the mindset to grow their business as part of the 2022 Fort Worth Business Plan Competition – and now, the Top 8 competitors will pitch to a panel of judges for a shot at a cash prize.

These small businesses have completed four weeks of business development workshops and mentoring with Fort Worth’s small-business partners. Their goal was the creation of a comprehensive written business plan that will be scored by a panel of judges.

The final portion of their score will be tallied at the Fort Worth Business Plan Competition Finale after competitors give a three-minute pitch about their business, followed by two minutes of Q&A from the judges.

The 2022 competition is sponsored by Frost Bank. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finalists, with $10,000 going to first place, $5,000 to second place and $3,000 to third place.

This year’s business plan cohort reflects the diversity of Fort Worth’s fast-growing small-business community, as half of the 20 participating businesses are certified minority-owned businesses, and 40% are women-owned businesses. All of this year’s participating businesses are either based in Fort Worth, or have previously been mentored by one of the competition partners.

Top 8 businesses

The competitors who will be moving on to this year’s Finale are:

  1. BLANC Cowork + Studio. An all-inclusive workplace and resource for creative entrepreneurs in Fort Worth.
  2. Heritage Music Studio. A music studio that offers small-group and private music lessons in piano, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, violin, drums and more.
  3. Miguel’s Place. A local food truck expanding into a larger food truck park.
  4. Rejoice Dance Studio. A dance studio that provides a safe place for kids and adults to learn different dance techniques and etiquette.
  5. Salted Pages. A digital marketing agency that specializes in content creation and search engine optimization for wedding businesses and photographers.
  6. Ten Four Films LLC. A storyteller for small businesses and creatives, with a focus on film production, photography, branding, website development and social media marketing.
  7. Unbent Inc. A company that assesses and addresses unconscious bias in the hiring and training process through web-based virtual simulations.
  8. Your Healthcare Nurse Advocates. A patient advocacy team that educates and empowers families, providing them with support to help navigate the complexities of the healthcare system.

RSVP for the Business Plan Competition Finale

The Finale for the 2022 Fort Worth Business Plan Competition will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St.

Tickets are free, but seating is limited. RSVP now on Eventbrite

In addition to Frost Bank sponsoring the competition, partnering organizations for the 2022 Fort Worth Business Plan Competition include Accelerate DFW, HSC Next, the North Texas Entrepreneur & Education Training Center, SCORE Fort Worth, Tarrant SBDC and TechFW.

 

 

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