Finalists named for Fort Worth business plan competition

A list of 22 semi-finalists for the 2014 Fort Worth Business Plan Competition has been narrowed to three finalists. The three local small business finalists in the fourth annual competition – sponsored by the Fort Worth Business Assistance Center (BAC), Capital One Bank and The Alternative Board – are Boyd Construction Services LLC, Janz Hair & Fashion Jewelry Gallery LLC and Rich Aviation Services & Fort Worth Flight Center.

The trio of finalists is vying for cash and prizes valued at more than $75,000 and will make their presentations before judges on Oct. 30 at Texas Christian University. Boyd Construction provides general contracting services for non-residential construction projects. A startup, Janz Hair & Fashion Jewelry Gallery offers hair extension, and fashion and jewelry image consultant services. Rich Aviation Services is located at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth and provides flight training through FAA-certified instructors to students within Texas and outlying states.

The BAC launched the business plan competition to provide an opportunity for small businesses operating in Tarrant County to develop a business plan while receiving six weeks of training and coaching on strengthening their business. Tickets to the Oct. 30 final presentations and awards program at the Dee J. Kelley Alumni Center, located at 2820 Stadium Drive, are $20. The ticket includes admittance to the 5:30-8 p.m. event and refreshments. Scott Sherwin, president of SalesMastery Consultants Inc., an authorized licensee of Sandler Training, will keynote the event with his address, “What you know CAN hurt your business.” He will discuss why people really do business with one another, the essential “rules” that can guarantee success and the three words that increase value in business. To order tickets, call 817-871-6025.

Other sponsors of the Fort Worth Business Plan Competition are SalesMastery Consultants/Sandler Training and the Fort Worth Business Press. Additional support is provided by B2B CFO, Solomon Bruce, the TCU Neeley School of Business MBA Program, SCORE and Tarrant Small Business Development Center.

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Betty Dillard