Haywood County Chamber Announces Business Start-Up Competition Award Winners

By Haywood County Chamber of Commerce | May 24, 2012

On Thursday, May 17, 2012, the Greater Haywood County Chamber of Commerce hosted the 7th Annual Business Start-Up Competition Luncheon honoring this year's recipients of up to a $10,000 business plan award. This year's co-winners,  Belle on Main Salon and Spa, a new salon and spa that provides nail, body and skin services in a contemporary environment; and Copper Pot and Wooden Spoon, which produces and features exceptional seasonally produced sweet jams, savory spreads, pickles and artisan baking mixes that may be found throughout the Western Carolina Region, each received $5,000 in start-up funding:.

The Chamber Business and Community Development Committee believes that a key pillar of economic development in our community is to promote the start-up and expansion of local and small businesses in addition to the typical focus on recruitment and relocation of larger manufacturing or related businesses that employ large numbers of people. Most business growth occurs in smaller businesses in our community. With this vision in mind, the Business Competition has been implemented to encourage and financially reward those prospective business owners who choose to start a business in our community.

The Business Start-Up competition is held each May to bring awareness to the more than 1,000 Small Businesses in Haywood County. Previous year’s recipients include More Than Closets, LLC, Studio Thirty-Three, Smoky Mountain Dance Center, Roots in Education, Headwater Brewing Company, Pink Regalia, Café 50, the Hair Studio, COCOCHI and Aermor, LLC.

The 7th Annual Business Start-Up Competition was sponsored by: Haywood Advancement Foundation, First Citizens Bank, Haywood EDC, Evergreen Packaging, Aermor LLC, BB&T Waynesville, Old Town Bank, Smoky Mountain Development Corp, Beverly Hanks, Haywood Vocational Opportunities, Western Carolina University - College of Business, Clark & Leatherwood, and Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.