BELLEFONTE — Two winners of the annual SpringBoard Startup Problem in Bellefonte have been awarded a mixed $3,000 in prizes to execute a advertising plan that may assist to “spring” their enterprise into motion.
Annually, SpringBoard, Bellefonte’s downtown coworking and neighborhood area, awards financial prizes to people that current a charming and attainable advertising plan that may leverage their new enterprise. Entries are then reviewed by a panel of judges, made up of Downtown Bellefonte Inc. board and committee members in addition to native advertising professionals. Aspiring entrepreneurs, solopreneurs or enterprise homeowners which were in enterprise for underneath three years, native to Centre County communities, are eligible to use.
SpringBoard is a part of an financial growth initiative by Downtown Bellefonte Inc. which goals to draw and retain companies in downtown Bellefonte and make the neighborhood a terrific place to reside, go to and do enterprise.
“By means of the SpringBoard Startup Problem, DBI has created a chance to deliver new companies to downtown Bellefonte, fostering a constructive financial setting,” stated Jennilyn Schuster, Downtown Bellefonte Inc.’s Essential Avenue Supervisor. “There’s a newfound power that radiates by the neighborhood in help of their success. Custom-made teaching periods and sources present a stable basis targeted on making a profitable platform for these new companies.”
Prize winners for 2021 are:
–Spring Creek Picnics is a pop-up picnic enterprise serving Talleyrand Park in Bellefonte designed to extend tourism to the neighborhood and entice new guests to patronize domestically owned Bellefonte eating places.
Judges for the SpringBoard Startup Problem discovered that proprietor Renea Nichols’ excelled within the software in sharing a imaginative and prescient for the startup that not solely would assist the enterprise develop; however would additionally spotlight Bellefonte’s distinctive belongings like Talleyrand Park as a complete and drive visitors to the downtown space by residents and guests alike.
–Good Will Goddess Books sells gently used books of all genres and for all ages, in addition to distinctive curios and classic objects. Guide-related merchandise reminiscent of T-shirts, stickers, bookends, and different book-lover swag. By means of the enterprise, proprietor Kate Walker hopes to scale back waste and supply fairly priced to individuals in Centre County and particularly in Bellefonte.
At the moment, Good Will Goddess Books has pop-up places in Belle Mercantile, The Plaza Antiques and Titan Market, all in Bellefonte.
Walker’s advertising plan detailed efforts to enhance the enterprise’ web site and social media presence, in addition to to host particular occasions and actions to unfold the phrase in regards to the enterprise.
The primary place prize was $2,000 to execute the described advertising plan + a 6 month SpringBoard full-time membership; the second prize $1,000 to execute the advertising plan and a six-month SpringBoard part-time coworking membership.
As well as, each winners obtained teaching from representatives from Bellefonte-based companies, Howdy Social Co. and 3twenty9 Design and prizes from native companies.