Trio remains in annual business plan contest

Three Tarrant County businesses from more than 50 competitors have advanced to the final presentation in the sixth annual Fort Worth Business Plan Competition, a program of the Fort Worth Business Assistance Center and presented by Capital One.

The finalists, who will present to judges Oct. 27 at Texas Christian University, in alphabetical order, are: Dr. Hilary Lai of Benefit Acupuncture, which delivers solutions for illnesses ranging from pain, allergies, chronic illness, stroke rehabilitation and infertility; Dr. Richard Navarro of Creative Minds Solutions, which designs and manufactures hydroelectric turbines to generate electricity from water, such as lakes and oceans; and Steve Alade with Docs Street Grill, offering Caribbean street food as a mobile food concessionaire with plans for four brick-and-mortar restaurants.

The finalists emerged from the 10 semifinalists who competed during a Pitch Night presentation Oct. 6 at Moncrief Cancer Institute. They will be judged Oct. 27 on their business plans and their presentations at the TCU Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center. All three will share cash and prize packages valued at nearly $70,000. Attendance is free, but registration at is required.

The competition, open to Tarrant County businesses and startups, began in July. Twenty-nine businesses from the entries were selected for five educational sessions and a minimum of two business counseling sessions. Ten were selected as semifinalists based on their submitted plans.

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