As Fort Worth continues to grow as a hub for creative businesses, the 2019 Business Plan Competition provides a look at many of the city’s developing small businesses and entrepreneurs that are emerging in a variety of fields.
Due to a record number of applications for this year’s competition, the usual participant pool has been expanded from 25 to 30 to accommodate more competitors.
The following businesses will attend five weeks of one-on-one business counseling, professional development workshops and coaching from industry experts through the City of Fort Worth’s Economic Development Department and its many partners, as well as consultation from student coaches at Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington.
The top participants will be announced at the end of September and will pitch their completed business plan to a panel of judges during Pitch Night on Oct. 10.
Frost Bank is the presenting and training sponsor for the 2019 Business Plan Competition. Tarleton State University is also a training sponsor.
Top 30 businesses
Animal Hope currently rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes animals primarily from open intake shelters in North Texas.
Austin’s Underdawg’s offers an assortment of hot dog combinations with numerous tasty toppings and a special Dawg Sauce.
Cheeza Pleeza LLC provides “gourmet chunky cheese spreads” that deliver innovative combinations of cheeses and spices with the down-home goodness of “old fashioned” pimento cheese.
Dusty Biscuit Beignet Bar cooks up fresh French Quarter-style beignets with Fort Worth flavor.
Dynamic Development Strategies, LLC is a woman-owned consulting business designed to help small and startup nonprofits with their fundraising needs.
Eden Street Bakery is an online, women-owned startup bakery, featuring baked goods made with a European, French and American flair.
Eighty Eights Show is a mobile dueling pianos show that focuses on audience participation and interaction through engaging live musical performances of popular songs.
Fade provides barbers with a business tool that optimizes their schedule, increases client acquisition, reduces client turnover and makes them more money.
Grey’s Cowbell Lactation Treats creates a wide variety of foods for breastfeeding mothers to eat and drink to increase milk production and sustain healthy lactation.
HIVEhome encourages and influences potential for passionate, creative and purposeful living through personally-curated products, prose and services.
The Hot Box Biscuit Club offers “hands-down the best biscuits in Fort Worth,” and the rest of their menu is designed to complement those namesake treats.
J&E Private Drivers is a luxury transportation service with a Black Car Initiative that uses a website to bring independent transportation entrepreneurs into a single database.
JUSTMATTER is a nonprofit organization focused on providing exceptional education to all through interactive technology applications that provide users with a one-stop shop for their educational needs, focusing on STEM fields in industry and academia.
Kraken Motorsports provides performance solutions to automobile enthusiasts.
LTR NOW connects landlords to qualified tenants through an innovative web platform and mobile app.
Mama Gina’s Catering provides healthy dessert options, like the Sweet Potato Poundcake, to consumers interested in a healthier lifestyle through Fort Worth’s Blue Zone Project initiative.
Nanda Yoga is a new children’s yoga community that focuses on the mental, emotional and physical well-being of children in Fort Worth.
Neuro Rehab VR develops virtual reality therapy exercises that help aid and speed up neurological physical therapy recovery.
North Texas Entrepreneur Education and Training Center is a full-service business resource center that assists entrepreneurs with navigating the struggles of business ownership.
Pickles and Pacifiers is a holistic pre- and postnatal wellness center that offers physical and emotional support to new and expecting mothers through bodywork treatments and classes.
PreCollege Solutions is a precollege readiness consulting company that serves middle and high school students and their parents in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Press Plan is a subscription-model cold press juice delivery service that produces nutrient-dense cold press juices and delivers to offices as a high-end benefit.
Sanctuary Cosmetics is a personal care brand that develops, produces, markets and sells environmentally conscious skin care products in reusable, recyclable containers.
SeRae Naturals Bath & Body produces hand-crafted bath and body products that nourish and cleanse the skin using safe and natural ingredients that can be found in, or are derived from, natural sources.
SideKick Tools, Inc. is a SaaS company that offers a suite of web-based tools that dramatically improve profitability and employee retention for high-performance teams.
Sweet Lucy’s Pies is a specialty pie company known for its quirky menus, made-to-order pies and their infamous flaky crust.
Soul Tea is a mission-focused franchise tea shop that offers hot beverages and baked goods while providing mentorship, training and employment opportunities to individuals seeking a second chance at life.
This Place – TX is a creative consulting agency that specializes in cultural marketing and placekeeping strategies that highlight the character of a community.
True Balance Therapeutic Massage specializes in helping people with their overall health and wellness through therapeutic massage.
Wine Protagonist is a wine education on wheels, offering public and private wine tastings and classes for all budgets and palates.
Makr LLC / TX Hog Blockers is a feeding system that allows deer to feed on mineral and protein blocks while keeping the state’s wild hog population from destroying them. Makr LLC / TX Hog Blockers won the Business Plan Competition held at the College of Business at Tarleton State University, earning a spot in the Fort Worth Business Plan Competition for 2019.
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