Nine finalists pitched at the first “Greaux GNO” business plan competition sponsored by Capital One Bank, in partnership with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center Greater New Orleans Region and the Urban League of Greater New Orleans on October 18th, 2013.
Back in July, Capital One announced the cash awards would go to the owners of the businesses whose plans appear the most creative, innovative and likely to succeed to grow their businesses and create jobs in greater New Orleans.
Be Well Nutrition, makers of healthy lifestyle beverage ICONIC, took home the top prize of $20,000.
Cook Me Somethin’ Mister, a pre-packaged jambalaya distribution company, received the second place prize package worth $10,000. Third place and $5,000 went to 4D Supplements, which produces a healthy supplement line geared towards athletes.
Other finalists included: Bonne Terre Landscaping; Dyverse City; Elite Custom Cleaning Services, LLC; Louisiana Sisters; Mondo Murals & Design; and Professional Design Group, Inc.
“Greaux GNO is just another example of how Capital One Bank is investing for good in the greater New Orleans community,” said Steve Hemperley, Southeast Louisiana Market President for Capital One Bank. “New Orleans is a thriving city for small business development, and we look forward to seeing this group of entrepreneurs implement their business plans and continue to grow.”