2023 TUSCALOOSA INNOVATES BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION WINNERS
$10,000 – Poppin Sisters Popcorn & Treats – Marleshia Hall
Poppin Sisters is a gourmet popcorn business located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama offering over 20 flavors of sweet and savory popcorn.
$5,000 – Shan Latris – Shannon Warren
Shan Latris a womenswear clothing brand that offers not only regular length garments, but we’ve set out to service a market often overlooked in the garment industry, TALL women (5’7″+).
$4,500 – CarGloss – Carlos Rosas & Karim Hassan
Cargloss is a high-end auto detailing company offering top-notch services to car owners.
$2,500 – Druid City Makerspace – Tiffany and Armen Amirkhanian
Druid City Makerspace is a gym, for hobbies. We aim to make hobbies accessible to the community by offering various equipment and supplies, from tech to hand-made.
$2,500 – Favors by Fryer – Reagan Fryer
Favors by Fryer is a wedding favor business. It offers free consultations with clients to get to know them as a couple and what wedding favors would best represent them on their special day.
$1,000 – I’m So Tuscaloosa – Destiny & Milton Montgomery
I’m So Tuscaloosa is a business that plans to connect the citizens of Tuscaloosa to the local businesses of Tuscaloosa.
ASBDC New Community Multiplier Award
$5,000 – Curbside Commissary – Leverett Powell
Curbside Commissary is a facilitator dark kitchen, also known as a virtual kitchen or ghost kitchen. It is a commercial kitchen space used exclusively for preparing food for delivery or takeout, without the need for a traditional storefront or dining area. This business venture will bring dozens of jobs to Tuscaloosa.
Thank You to All the Competitors, Judges, & Facilitators
- A Star Boutique – Tykenya Reid & Trey James
- Art Garage Tuscaloosa – Joanna Lemmon
- Cargloss – Carlos Rosas & Karim Hassan
- Curbside Commissary – Leverett Powell
- Druid City Makerspace – Tiffany & Armen Amirkhanian
- Favors by Fryer – Reagan Fryer
- I’m So Tuscaloosa – Destiny & Milton Montgomery
- Jess Living Design Studio – Jessica Beckwith
- My Way to Play -Keri Barron
- Poppin Sisters Popcorn & Treats – Marleshia Hall
- Shan Latris – Shannon Warren
- Larry Baldwin
- Bobby Bragg
- Brian Davis
- Caramyl Drake
- Barkley Garrett
- JacQuan Winters
- Gavin Baum-Blake
- Dr. Theresa Welbourne
Thank You to Our Competition Sponsors!