first_imgThe Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) announces the finalists for the 2009 Business Plan Competition. From the 36 submissions received last week, the selection committee chose seven in the Existing Business category and six in the New Business category.Finalists in the Existing Business category are (in alphabetical order): (1) Cedar Satyr for capacity and product extension for this Vermont materials granola manufacturer; (2) Concrete Detail for capacity expansion of this local artisan concrete worker specializing in countertops and floors; (3) Everyone s Drumming for the expansion of this long-time designer and manufacturer of handmade drums and percussion instruments; (4) Moscode, Inc., for the development of a new product, a pre-amplifier, to expand this high-end audio business; (5) Timberframe Shop to provide for planning time for this timberframe manufacturer to develop a set of garden structure products; (6) Vermont Slate to allow for capacity expansion for this maker of Vermont slate decorative switch plates; and (7) Vermont Stone for the expansion of manufacturers and installers of custom-created stone-faced insulation board.Finalists in the New Business category are (in alphabetical order): (1) Bryan Louiselle Design for product design and development of new interior surface interlocking construction pieces; (2) DC Design to develop a new business for an established book designer to serve the self-publishing market; (3) English CPO to develop an innovative business teaching English to native Koreans through the Internet; (4) Guitar for Adult Beginners to extend a well-known performer’s teaching reach through recorded lessons as well as Internet distribution and interaction; (5) Rolling Pin to develop a new business activity for an existing restaurant/gift shop selling kitchen supplies and tools; and (6) Wahoo s to support a new business direction for an established summer eatery to develop branded, fully equipped food trailers, menus, and training.Full business plans are due at BDCC by 4 p.m. April 20. Final presentations will be conducted on April 30 starting at 9 a.m. at the Marlboro College Tech Center in Brattleboro, with awards presented by Governor Jim Douglas at 3 p.m. that day.Jeff Lewis, executive director of BDCC, said, This year s plans were all very well presented. The finalists are all interesting and viable business ideas. The selection committee worked hard to select from a very capable pool of entries. We look forward to seeing the final presentations.Lewis added, The level of interest and quality even in this very challenging economy speaks well of Vermonters’ strong sense of entrepreneurship and creativity.Founded in 1954, BDCC is a private, nonprofit economic development organization that serves as a catalyst for industrial and commercial growth in southeastern Vermont. More information about can be found online at BDCC’s website, http://www.bdccbusinessplancompetition.com(link is external) or by contacting BDCC at 802-257-7731.Source: BDCClast_img