Round Rock Library names winner of business plan competition

Entrepreneur Katie Kehlenbach gained the $10,000 grand prize on Tuesday in initially Round Rock General public Library’ Biz.ability business plan opposition.

Kehlenbach, who received with her style of a barbell collar, will receive $7,500, a Dell pc system worth $2,500 and a session with a Dell Technological know-how skilled. Mandy Kelly was named runner-up and won $3,500. The opposition was focused to Spherical Rock-primarily based startup entrepreneurs.

“I’m genuinely psyched,” stated Kehlenbach, who is the co-founder ofAdderLock. “It truly is pleasant to hear the validation, when you have been constructing a small business for decades and to sort of continuously be validated by end users or men and women who are intrigued and people who see the dilemma that you happen to be fixing.”

Katie Kehlenbach

Kehlenbach received for her patented barbell collar that allows for a more quickly attachment and detachment in contrast to current collars that make the course of action tricky. Kehlenbach claimed throughout her pitch that the collar will enable buyers pounds lifters to improve their education time without having the further inconvenience.

Kehlenbach claimed she was determined to create AdderLock by her struggles with lifting barbells. 

Katie Kehlenbach explains her business plan to the judges of the Round Rock Public Library's business plan competition.

Kehlenbach stated she was psyched about entering the levels of competition for the reason that even if she did not get, she would come out of it with a business enterprise plan that she could use.

“That nudge of encouragement and then knowledge all the tools we have obtain to as a result of the library is super fascinating,” Kehlenbach said.

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As aspect of the competitiveness, entrants had to generate a enterprise program and the library presented absolutely free ZOOM workshops to assistance them get started, develop and manage their companies. They also met with an advisor from Austin Score, a nonprofit that mentors tiny firms. 

Kehlenbach explained she will use the prize money to make the merchandise with a 3D printer.

Mandy Kelly

Kelly was preferred as runner-up for her business concept, Liberty Doggy RRTX. Her company can make compact-batch doggy foodstuff and treats subsequent Texas Cottage Food suggestions to present chemical-free nourishment to canines.

“I am incredibly content that I acquired runner-up,” Kelly stated. “(There) was a good deal of terrific competitors (and) it was a excellent system, operating with a Rating mentor was wonderful, I acquired a ton.”

Kelly explained throughout her pitch that she was encouraged to commence her canine foods business soon after the identify-brand name canine food she employed was recalled. 

“Our mission is to liberate pet dogs from substances,” Kelly said.

Mandy Kelly explains her business plan to the business plan competition judges at the Round Rock City Council chambers.

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The level of competition begun with 17 entrepreneurs from which 6 finalists have been chosen. The finalists presented their business plan to a panel of six judges that incorporated an assistant city manager, nearby business owners, chamber of commerce management and Dell staff members.

The other 4 finalists have been:

  • Colette Hammons, CEO of Mahacobo, a small business that results in personalized presents crafted in wood
  • Eric Kapinus, operator of VinoSwag, a corporation that helps other firms advertise on their own through customized bottles of wine 
  • Patricia Powell, who operates Round Rock Cleaning Services 
  • Robin Lawrence. founder of Lil Dumpling Publication, which aims to fill in a void in availability of English/Mandarin children’s books.

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