The Company Corporation Announces Latest Winners of its Business Plan Contest

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Contest encourages young entrepreneurs to grow their ideas into start-up and early-stage businesses. Joseph Sheahan takes home $1,000; runner up Mecca Bey, $500.

The Company Corporation’s panel of judges was impressed by both the spirit of innovation behind Sheahan’s plan and the marketplace need that savvo clearly fills.

The Company Corporation®, the leader in helping small businesses incorporate and form limited liability companies (LLCs), is pleased to recognize the work of Joseph Sheahan, winner of its most recent Business Plan Contest.

Open to participants from around the country, the Business Plan Contest encourages young entrepreneurs to grow their ideas into start-up and early-stage businesses. The latest contest was the second held this year. Entry deadline for the next contest is October 1, 2013.

Sheahan’s winning entry was an executive summary describing a business called savvo digital sommelier solutions™, an electronic companion that helps everyday shoppers find, buy, and share wines they’ll love. The Company Corporation’s panel of judges was impressed by both the spirit of innovation behind Sheahan’s plan and the marketplace need that savvo clearly fills.

“I am an entrepreneur at heart, despite how long it took me to realize it,” says Sheahan, who began his career in restaurant management. During an entrepreneurship class at MBA school, Sheahan struck on a new concept. “My original idea was that if I could create an easy, fun, and effective way for people to learn about wine, everyone would line up to pay for it!” he says. “We determined that a ‘Digital Sommelier’ would be the perfect solution help shoppers find the right wine for them, and at the same time would offer a valuable service to the retailer and help wine companies find their new best customers.” For his winning plan, The Company Corporation awarded Joseph Sheahan $1,000.

Runner up
Given The Company Corporation’s love of small businesses, its judges couldn’t overlook the great idea behind Locate a Small Business. Founded by Philadelphia native Mecca Bey, the website offers a convenient platform for consumers to find, connect with, and support their local business community.

“Locate A Small Business is committed to supporting small businesses, both locally and nationwide,” says Bey. “By connecting consumers with businesses ready to meet their needs and vice versa, everyone wins, especially in our struggling local economies.”

Bey, a University of Pennsylvania graduate, self-described ‘social media power user,’ and mother of four, launched her first business in 1996 on Philadelphia’s bustling South Street. She has since magnified her experience by assisting fellow small business owners through online networking.

To date, Locate a Small Business has signed up more than 1,000 small business owners seeking to connect with consumers. The mobile app version of the site will launch soon. The Company Corporation awarded Mecca Bey $500 for her business plan.

About The Company Corporation
With more than 500,000 businesses formed, The Company Corporation® provides affordable incorporation services to small businesses and entrepreneurs nationwide. In addition to filing corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs) in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, The Company Corporation offers a wide range of products and services, including license and permit assistance, corporate kits, business education books, certificates of good standing, Registered Agent services, and business start-up services. Based in Delaware, The Company Corporation serves small business owners nationwide through its websites, http://www.incorporate.com and http://www.llc.com.

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