County coun­cil rec­og­nizes young en­trepreneurs

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CH­ERYL MAT­TIX

ELK­TON

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— The top three win­ners of the Start Up Ce­cil con­test con­ducted by the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary in July re­ceived cer­tifi­cates of achieve­ment Tues­day night at the Ce­cil County Coun­cil meeting.

The cer­tifi­cates were signed by all five county coun­cil mem­bers and County Ex­ec­u­tive Tari Moore.

Act­ing Li­brary Di­rec­tor Mor­gan Miller told the coun­cil and the pub­lic at­tend­ing the meeting Tues­day night that the pro­gram, which was de­signed to in­spire en­trepreneur­ship among teens and pre-teens, at­tracted over 50 par­tic­i­pants in its first year. They at­tended mul­ti­ple busi­ness pro­grams that con­cluded with a fi­nal op­tional project to cre­ate a busi­ness plan and try to sell it to a panel of judges.

“Over 21 par­tic­i­pants pitched their busi­ness plans to us in a ‘Shark Tank’ style,” Miller said. “It was in­cred­i­bly im­pres­sive. What we saw was a great be­gin­ning of real en­trepreneurism, where they saw real prob­lems and matched them with busi­ness so­lu­tions.”

Joseph Grapes won first place with his busi­ness Help­ing Hands, a ser­vice to help se­niors with tasks such as yard work, cook­ing, clean­ing and car wash­ing. Grapes was in­spired by help­ing his grand­par­ents around the house. He charges the le­gal min­i­mum wage.

Caro­line Lit­tle placed sec­ond with her plan that in­volves send­ing her pet goats to cus­tomers’ homes to man­age veg­e­ta­tion on their property.

“It’s eco-friendly,” she said. “And, they’re cute and cud­dly.”

Lit­tle charges be­tween $75 and $150 per acre, de­pend­ing on what’s in­volved.

Bran­don Gold­berg, who took home third place, wowed the crowd in the county build­ing Tues­day night with his pitch for his new busi­ness Pet Pa­rade Dog Ser­vices. Gold­berg, who barely could see over the podium, used three stuffed dogs and a poster as props.

“I can walk, feed or pooper scooper them on a weekly or daily ba­sis,” Gold­berg said. “I charge $ 2 a day for walk­ing and $ 1 for pooper scooper­ing.”

Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Robert Hodge as­sisted the young en­trepreneurs as they pro­moted their busi­nesses to the crowd be­fore pre­sent­ing each one with a per­sonal cer­tifi­cate of recog­ni­tion for their ac­com­plish­ments.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MAT­TIX

Bran­don Gold­berg, who came in third in the Start Up Ce­cil con­test, en­lists the help of Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Robert Hodge Tues­day night as he pitches his new busi­ness plan for Pet Pa­rade Dog Ser­vices.

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