It was a night of excitement as 12 new businesses celebrated the culmination of a 12-week intensive Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) accelerator program.
The entrepreneurs showcased their products and services virtually with more than 60 people attending to support the entrepreneurs, a press release from EforAll states.
EforAll awarded $10,500, shared by the entrepreneurs mentioned below. However, the cohort will have more opportunities throughout the year to be awarded cash prizes, as EforAll provides additional support for the next 9 months.
“Bonnie Souza, owner of the Pink Bean, delivered a powerful and inspiring keynote speech, reminding entrepreneurs that nothing about entrepreneurship is easy,” the release stated. “She shared ten lessons that she has learned throughout her entrepreneurial journey, with gratitude being the #1 most important.”
She encouraged the entrepreneurs to never stop learning, to always treat your customers like they’re a friend that you haven’t seen in a while, to always pay attention to your business and your staff and to make your mission statement your compass, the release states.
Accelerator participant Carrie Ann Chandonnait was chosen by her classmates to deliver a speech on behalf of her accelerator colleagues. She’s the founder of High Society Vegan, a business that creates gourmet cannabis edibles that are designed to improve well-being by reducing anxiety and stress.
She delivered a poem written specifically for her cohort.
“Tonight is a night for celebration, and not just because we successfully completed 12 weeks of intense education. I’m here tonight to honor, celebrate, and appreciate, You – This very exceptional entrepreneurial crew. ” Chandonnait begins, “Tonight I appreciate each and every one, for their encouragement, support, and for keeping things fun! Good luck on this next chapter – it’s just the beginning…take your business to the next level & continue the winning.”
The winners of the $10,500 were:
Fieldstone Kombucha: $3,000
Emily Mellgard of Dartmouth – small batch, seasonal kombucha on tap for restaurants, and other eateries.
New Bedford Performing Arts Center: $2,500
Neenah Cruz, New Bedford – a center of empowerment and inclusivity for children wanting to dance, act, sing and more.
13 Stars: $2,000
Sean Maloney & Eli Cady, Cranston, Rhode Island – a hot sauce company that combines heat with flavor and whose profits support veterans and first responders.
Brandan Burke, Grantham Bethea and DeVaughn Senna, New Bedford – an app that matches beauty professionals with clients for in-home service.
POP Culture – Cake Pops, Cookies, and other Confections: $1,000
Lisa Petrizzi-Geller, Berkely, – handcrafted, specialty cake pops and other confections.
$500 Christina Hamilton Award Recipien: New Bedford Performing Arts Center
EforAll South Coast is accepting applications for participants in the Winter 2021 Accelerator Program. The application can be found on eforall.org and is due by Oct. 16 Contact Donna Criscuolo at [email protected] with questions.