County council recognizes young entrepreneurs
— 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.
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.