$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.

First Prize

$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″+).

Second Prize

$4,500 – CarGloss – Carlos Rosas & Karim Hassan

Cargloss is a high-end auto detailing company offering top-notch services to car owners.

Third Prize

$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.

Fourth Prize

$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.

Fifth Prize

$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


  • Gavin Baum-Blake
  • Dr. Theresa Welbourne


  • Larry Baldwin
  • Bobby Bragg
  • Brian Davis
  • Caramyl Drake
  • Barkley Garrett
  • JacQuan Winters

All Competitors

  • 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

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