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Posted: August 23, 2013 Jump-Start Competition Fosters New Business Ideas

Those who presented plans for a marketing agency and a digital media service are the two winners in Downtown Eau Claire's Jump Start Business Plan Competition.


The 1st Place Prize of $5,000, along with a $500 media package, has been awarded to Katie Wolff, Larisa Shewczyk, Joey Olson, and Josh Smeltzer, who entered a business plan for Clever Owl, a full-service creative agency that offers top-tier graphic design, full writing services, and custom web development. Clever Owl is currently located at 405 S. Farwell Street.


The Runner-Up Award of $3,000 and $500 media package went to Jonathan Leuthe for Spin Vision, which offers a full line of digital media and marketing services, with an emphasis in virtual tours and mobile marketing/advertising for local real estate, local businesses, and tourism industries.


The awards were presented at a luncheon on August 8. "Every year we are so impressed with the quality of the business plans that we receive," said Mike Schatz, Executive Director of Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. "We look forward to working with these new and exciting businesses that will help to grow our downtown."


There were two other entrants in the competition. Jessica Harrison submitted her business plan for Capture Life. Concept Life provides personal training, yoga, and other wellness services to people in the Chippewa Valley through one-on-one-training, classes, and workshops.


The District Company also competed. The plan from Tim Sexton and Benny Kusuma describes The District Company as a concept café where entrepreneurs can go to develop ideas. The café specializes in wraps, sandwiches, and vintage sodas.


DECI's Jumpstart Business Plan Competition winners: Larisa Shewczyk, Josh Smeltzer, Katie Wolf, and Joey Olson of Clever Owl; and Jonathan Leuthe of Spin Vision.
To see more photos from the Jump-Start Awards Luncheon, check out our Facebook page.

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