Mountain Party gubernatorial candidate Jesse Johnson's company, Eco-Vision Lighting, helps businesses switch from old T-12 and T-8 fluorescent lights to new T-5 bulbs with a proprietary adapter. In his video, Johnson said he would use the seed money to bring the technology to small businesses, volunteer fire departments and "other staples of our community."
Neva Long Barth, who owns the retirement- and aging-planning company Eagle LTC, says she would use the seed money to fund workshops and other events to encourage West Virginians to plan for their later years.
Deborah Rohrer's company, Georhea, uses unmanned aircraft to take photos and create three-dimensional maps for individuals and businesses. Her company would use the seed money to upgrade its equipment.
Cinda Salazar, head trainer at iFiTT24, a 24-hour gym in Ashton Place, would use the money to sponsor a "Biggest Loser"-style weight loss competition.
Jay Cipoletti would use the seed money to start a business, Hoopalytics, which would provide consultants to college basketball teams to crunch player statistics and build better teams, like NBA and Major League Baseball teams do.
In his video, Obi Henderson says he would use the funding to launch Innovative Events Consultation, a company that would help organizations plan after-school programs.
Leonard Hoover says he would use the prize to start Leonard Hoover Auto Art, which would produces commissioned automobile-inspired art pieces. Rachel Pike, owner of UL Life Coaching, said she would use the funds to sponsor life-coaching workshops.
Kayla Wygal, owner of West Virginia Cheer Academy, a training gym for competitive cheerleading, says she would use the crowd-sourced funding to pay off some of the business's debt.
Naumoff said even if entrepreneurs don't win, they still gain exposure through the competition.
Videos are available at www.allianceblog.org/2012/09/05/thrivevideos.
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