Momentum pitch night top 5 presenters announced
The Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce, along with the Momentum Business Plan Competition Board, have announced the top five businesses that will have the opportunity to present their business idea for a chance to win $50,000 to make it happen.
The five presenters will be — listed in alphabetical order — Cynthia Lang Pilates, HumaniTea, Leta’s Educational Child Care, The Lake House, and Sister Bees. These presenters will pitch their business idea for five minutes, each in front of a panel of judges and a live audience, on Friday, Sept. 21 The public is invited to attend the live event being held at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts beginning at 6 p.m.
There will be a social meet-n-greet hour from 5 to 6 p.m. for attendees to interface with the contestants and learn a little about the businesses prior to the presentations.
Top five presenters
Cynthia Lang Pilates
Cynthia Lang Pilates is a Classical Pilates studio, currently located at 913 S. Washington Ave. They offer classes, both private and group, as well as individual sessions designed to cater to the specific needs of the client.
Opened in June 2018 in downtown Ludington, HumaniTea is a tea shop that offers responsibly sourced organic loose-leaf teas, in addition to offering quality, fairly-traded artisan merchandise from local and global crafters.
They are utilizing retail space and consumer dollars to fund anti-human trafficking efforts.
Leta’s Educational Child Care
For eight years, Leta Bowman has offered childcare and educational learning in Ludington. This year, she has taken the step to expand her business and open a child care learning center at 900 N. Washington Ave., which will focus on offering high-quality care in a safe, clean and healthy environment for children to succeed.
The Lake House
The Lake House, which broke ground Friday morning, will be a premier venue to host both indoor and outdoor events, highlighting the views of the Ludington harbor, the SS Badger, marina and sunsets.
Sister Bees provides all-natural skin care products made from beeswax, including lip balm, Bee Butter, Worker Bee, Beard Balm and Paw Putty. Sister Bees was also the Momentum 5X5 Night Winner of $5,000, which was held Aug. 15 and co-sponsored by Epworth Assembly and the Epworth Church Association.
ABOUT THE MOMENTUM BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION
The Momentum Business Plan Competition was spearheaded in 2015 by the Pennies from Heaven Foundation to foster and grow the entrepreneurial spirit of Mason County where its founder, John Wilson, made his business mark.
The Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce administers the program to encourage new businesses to come to Mason County through the competition and to demonstrate that the region is a ripe environment for small businesses to grow and thrive. A case in point – 65 percent of the 500 Chamber members are small businesses with less than five employees.
Past winners of the Momentum Business Plan Competition include Starving Artist Brewing Company, Kandy Land Dairy, and All Occasions Events & Floral.