SCORE Austin presented our first ever SCORE Austin Celia Bell Entrepreneur Awards 2017 to three local business owners for their exceptional dedication to starting, growing and nurturing a small business or non-profit organization.
The awards reflect the values of SCORE to help start and grow small businesses, as well as the creativity, dedication and passion of SCORE Austin mentor Celia Bell, who has helped start and grow many small businesses across greater Austin.
Winners were announced at the AWARDS LUNCHEON on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the Hilton Austin. More than 175 community business leaders joined SCORE Austin to celebrate the success of these outstanding entrepreneurs and to applaud American small businesses – the backbone of the economy.
The winners and finalists in each category are:
Small Business, Prize: $5,000:
Winner, Round Rock Children's Therapy Center, Melissa Balthazor, owner
Antonelli's Cheese Shop, John Antonelli, owner
Organics by Gosh, Phil Gosh, owner
Non-profit, Prize: $1,500:
Winner, The Adventurers Academy of Lifelong Learning, John Mackey, owner
Texas Folk Life, Charlie Lockwood, Executive Director
Resale Shop benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Gatesville, Lisa Steward, Director
Start-Up, Prize: $1,500
Winner, Toybrary Austin, Liza Wilson, owner
CookLearnGrow, Lori Hinze, owner
Sex Therapy Online, Rhiannon Beauregard, owner
All finalists were presented with a video about their business created by SCORE Austin. These were shown at the luncheon.
The awards are made possible through a generous grant from Local University (LocalU) – a national series of SEO seminars – which together with Google, gave the SCORE Austin chapter an ongoing grant/scholarship to help grow small businesses mentored by SCORE Austin.
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