After an exciting competition where nine local businesses from the food, fashion, real estate and arts industries showcased their business plans for the chance to win $10,000, three first place winners were announced at Resorts World Casino New York City on Thursday. The contest, sponsored by Resorts World Casino New York City in coordination with the Queens Economic Development
Corp, equips Queens-based small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with business education, mentoring and access to capital and skills development. The three winners each received $10,000 checks to further pursue their winning business plans.
The three winners represent the fashion, food, and real estate industries. Each winner presents a business idea that is among the best of the borough.
The winners are: Impact Fashion: A fashion line designed to provide modest outfits for special occasions for Orthodox Jewish women. The clothes adhere to the modestly requirements of Orthodox Jewish community and 10% of profits go to charities that provide services to women in the Orthodox Jewish community. Impact Fashion was started in November of 2016 by Rebecca Deutsch-Itzkowitz because she saw a real need modest special occasion wear in the Orthodox community. In 2018, Rebecca hopes expand the number of retailers, especially beyond the tristate area.
Smooth Pops: This ice pop business was started by a mom who didn’t want to serve her toddler color-dye laden pops so created an all-natural version blended with the meat of the fruit. Each Smooth Pop is packaged in old-school freezer pop tubes but are now tastier and healthier for families to enjoy! Movitzsa Simmons, the company’s founder, plans to launch in stores in June 2018.
Paragon Real Estate Technologies: This company allows building managers to get bids from qualified contractors and allows building managers to post needed repairs online. Thus far, the company has been able to process $16.1M bids and award over $250,000 contracts. Founded by Victor Hunt, Aaron Resnick, Ethan Resnick, they hope to use the seed funding to expand their footprint in the five boroughs.