On Thursday, May 31st, the BLDC and Entrepreneurship Assistance Center’s Binghamton Business Plan Competition announced the winner of its 2023 showdown of new businesses!
First place went to Stephen Gonya of Electric Light Apparel! They make identifying first responders, school pride and company comradery an easy spy! Technology once reserved for major scientific projects is brought to the hands of everyday heroes and the community that surrounds them. More news on Electric Light Apparel in coming months as they develop their business with the generous winners package that includes a $5000 cash prize and services that include legal, accounting, marketing, web design and office space to name a few.
Verdova La Coverture Boutique and Perfectly Poured earned the second and third place accolade beating intense competition. Each submitted a well-developed business plan and engaging, in-person pitches. They are both members of the local synergy of black-owned businesses on Facebook, Support Black Business 607, headed by the SBB607 Business Accelerator instructor and SBB607 spearhead, Sulaiminah Burns.
Tatiana Williams’ Verdova recently had their brick and mortar opening on Clinton Street in Binghamton with grown and classy apparel until now, only available online. They continue their online endeavors and have added a spa-like experience to in-person shopping.
Ashley Hall’s Perfectly Poured is building a salubrious enterprise starting with sales of candles that have sassy and memorable aromas and names. Look out for Perfectly Poured at farmers markets and festivals in and around the Southern Tier. If her products don’t give you a reason to smile, her engaging personality will.
SUNY Broome’s Entrepreneurship Assistance Center could not be more proud of these businesses, their professionalism and their go-getter spirit. Be sure to support them. If you have a small business idea or are just thinking about it, we are available at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator or email us at email@example.com.