MCHENRY — Jessica Wilhelm, co-owner of Timbercat Enterprises LLC, was awarded first place and a $1,000 cash prize at the recent Power of Possibilities Summit at Garrett College.
Jodi McClintock, director of business solutions at GC, shared how the five participants in the All-In Business Competition are more than just dedicated to their ideas, they are “extremely passionate.”
During the past few months, each competitor worked to develop and craft a business plan, followed by a final pitch of their idea and concepts at the annual POP conference.
Wilhelm won the prize donated by TEDCO for her plan to improve the longevity of her business, now in its 17th year. Coal is the main commodity for the local trucking company.
“When in business, you do have to think outside the box and this is true for us,” said Wilhelm, who lives in Grantsville with her husband and three daughters. “We’ve crafted a future vision and better plan of action for achieving sustainability in the midst of the declining coal industry.”
Second place winner was John Broadwater of Reaction Action Pictures, who has resided in the area for over 30 years. He has produced more than 200 broadcast quality commercials since his company’s inception in 2012 and plans to produce original video content based in Western Maryland for distribution with Netflix, Amazon and other network television mediums.
“Many thanks to Jodi and her team at Garrett College,” Broadwater said. “With help, I was able to hone in on the business plan process and learn so much. I’m beyond grateful and thankful for this experience.”
Diane Burns, third place winner, plans to begin operating her business, Emerge Life Coaching & Massage Services, in the fall. By then, she will have completed the necessary training in life coaching. She is a registered massage practitioner in the state of Maryland.
A lifelong resident of Maryland, Chuck Graham hopes to open a gun shop, Chuck’s Gun & Ammo, which will provide opportunities to educate and teach others about proper gun handling and safety. He plans to offer one-on-one individual lessons and group lessons for handgun qualification licensing.
Garrett County resident Sandy Fazenbaker is enrolled in GC’s business management and entrepreneurship degree program. She is working toward purchasing an existing restaurant and making it her own — The Rooster’s Nest. Her passion is making great food from scratch and seeing the happy faces as customers enjoy her creations.
Before the competitors presented their business plan ideas, Jeff Tobe, certified speaking professional and founder of Coloring Outside the Lines, gave the keynote address for the conference.