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Livingston County Economic Development has been scheduled this week to reveal the winners of its second Dream-O-Vate business competition.
The contest has $ 300,000 in prizes available for up to 15 contest winners, which is designed to help entrepreneurs start a business or help existing small business owners innovate their businesses.
The awards include training, funding, and the essential resources and tools needed to start a successful business.
“Starting a business is hard work, especially in today’s economy. Through the Dream-O-Vate competition, we hope to facilitate this transition to business for innovative entrepreneurs, ”said Bill Bacon, Director of Economic Development for Livingston County, at the competition launch in April. “In doing so, we are not only helping the winners, but also our existing businesses as we add critical mass in our communities. “
Produced by Livingston County Economic Development, Dream-O-Vate is a retail business plan competition that encourages entrepreneurs to compete for a chance to open a storefront and win a coveted business start-up package. to turn their dream into reality.
The 2021 program saw 24 applicants. The winners were to be announced on July 14 at the Supervisory Board meeting. The meeting took place after this issue of the Livingston County News was printed.
Nine winners were named in the 2019 program, which helped businesses in five communities. The 2019 winners were:
Thanks to the experience she gained working on her family’s food truck in Puerto Rico, Melanie Alvarez Santiago opened a Caribbean restaurant at 40 Main Street, Mount Morris, with co-owner Hector Ruiz. Boriken Restaurant serves lunch and dinner in a tropical atmosphere designed to transport visitors to Puerto Rican delicacies.
Ruth Ann and Brian Lewis are the owners of Sweet Arts Bakery located at 95 Main Street in Geneseo. They transformed the business from a cafe that sells baked goods to a bakery that sells coffee. Their offerings of cookies, scones, artisan breads, and cinnamon rolls are complemented by the addition of handmade candies and chocolates, a special-order pastry shop, and expanded space for classes. and small community meetings.
TrailOtter in Leicester sells outdoor safety gear and food, as well as items to help visitors and campers at Letchworth State Park and beyond. Owners Bill Waterhouse and Sonni Olbert plan to offer hiking guide services, give seminars and conduct training exercises for indoor and outdoor skill building.
Owners Jon Belec and Jason Barcomb have expanded a custom barbecue food truck and food service at a brick and mortar restaurant at 1883 Rochester St., Lima. The family restaurant offers southern cuisine on site or to take away as well as entertainment in the form of a music hall.
Dublin Corners, Livingston County’s first brewery, has more than tripled in size since brewery owners Heather and Justin Grant opened on their York Farm in 2016. The Dream-O-Vate award saw them open the Dublin Corners Tap Room at 116 Main St., Geneseo, which provided a second location to offer their award-winning beers as well as New York State wines and distillates.
Wendy’s Pantry + Country Mouse Tea House
Wendy’s Pantry, at 82-84 Main St., Mount Morris, is an old-fashioned candy and high-end food store that emphasizes items produced in New York State. Owner Wendy Pospesel Allen plans to increase traffic through expanded and diverse inventory and marketing.
Alyssa Cope, owner of Honeygirl Gourmet, 61 Main St., Geneseo, uses her Dream-O-Vate price to deliver increased inventory deals to increase in-store sales, while enhanced marketing and digital presence will help online sales.
Tracy Cope worked alongside owner Ralph Parker to transform Livonia Inn, 17-19 Commercial St., Livonia, into a multi-purpose location home to two new businesses. Parker’s Pub – a bar and restaurant offering handcrafted cocktails, locally brewed beer and unique dishes, and Commercial Café – a cafe serving healthy food and drink as well as a games room and community space inviting to hang out. bring together.
Sunrise Bouldering is a climbing gym located at 2, rue School, Geneseo. The facility allows participants to climb, descend or cross man-made rock faces using proper climbing techniques to complete a number of routes. To stand out from the competition, Jake Caplan also included a small cafe, retail space, and atmosphere inspiring enough to be used as an event venue, encouraging a healthy mindset and inclusive community gathering for people. people of all ages.
Launched in February 2019, the Dream-O-Vate Business Competition aimed to attract and grow unique businesses in the county with $ 200,000 in grants and technical assistance. A total of 38 companies applied to participate in the program and 29 companies received training and assistance in developing a business plan. Nine winners were announced in May 2019.