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Twelve from CCBC Compete in Center for Business Innovation 4th Annual Business Plan Competition

Students & alumni compete for seed money and opportunity to launch their own start-ups in the CCBC’S Center for Business Innovation 4th Annual Business Plan Competition


Special Guest speaker -- Hung Ly, Chick-fil-A owner and operator, “From Refugee to Entrepreneur: Lessons Learned in Business & Service”

CATONSVILLE, MD -- The Community College of Baltimore County’s Center for Business Innovation will host its 4th Annual Business Plan Competition  Saturday, Jan. 28, at CCBC Catonsville. The event is the annual “shark tank” round as the 12 finalists compete for $28,500 in seed money and the opportunity to work with CCBC’s top students to get their businesses off the ground. What began as a competition with 50 participants in September 2016 is now down to these top 12 finalists.

The 12 finalists in the 4th Annual Business Plan Competition:

  • Tyrone Stokes -- The Home Owner Coach Services, education and hands-on assistance to help first-time home buyers.
  • Jason Hamilton -- Winters Flowers, online florist and gift company for weddings, funerals and corporate events.
  • Michael Robinson -- Get it Done, residential and commercial moving services.
  • Ginna Barilone -- Mzz B Productions, exuberant music and entertainment for events.
  • Damisha Hazelton -- DEO Marketing Company, helping salon owners increase their brand exposure through social media with photography.
  • Tabitha Colclough -- Treasured Living Healthcare, non-medical care services for the elderly and disabled so they continue to remain at their homes.
  • Sherrod Smith -- Your Workout Pal, providing a financial incentive for clients to lose weight and improve their health and fitness.
  • M. Nodjinduba Maouyo -- Roost + Nest, interior design consultation and purchasing service for adults in transition, with a special focus on young adults.
  • Joshyua Hayes -- Slick & Shine, a mobile car and truck detailing company.
  • Angela Phillips -- CharmCity Balloons and Events, high quality corporate and private event management services and balloon décor.
  • Justin Burns -- World Championship Federation, a new approach to professional wrestling to give emerging stars an opportunity to prosper on a grand stage with industry leaders.
  • Amla Johnson -- The Sweet Life, food to promote an urban vibe and fun time.

This year’s guest speaker, Hung Ly, a local entrepreneur and the owner/operator of a Chick-fil-A restaurant, will share his inspirational story that began when he was just seven years old working in his parent’s restaurant. By age 12, he was a refugee selling fish and produce on a remote island in Indonesia – learning valuable lessons that continue to fuel his entrepreneurial spirit today as the owner of some of the most successful Chick-fil-A restaurants in Maryland. Ly will share his dramatic story and the lessons learned along his incredible journey to help other aspiring business owners.

“We’re truly honored to have Hung Ly share his passion for entrepreneurship at this year’s Business Plan Competition,” says Dennis Sullivan, executive director of the Center for Business Innovation. “His innovative approach to building and growing businesses has earned him the respect of other business owners as well as the community. I’m convinced that anyone who aspires to be successful would benefit from his advice.”

The judges for this year’s competition feature an impressive line-up of entrepreneurs, executives and business leaders from the Baltimore area including:

Sean McEvoy, director of Small Business Resources, Maryland Department of Commerce.

Danielle Alderson, owner and operator, Chick-fil-A Eastpoint restaurant.

Omar Muhammad, director, Entrepreneurial Development & Assistance Center at Morgan State University.

Brian Ellis, executive director, Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation.

Frank Van Vliet, entrepreneur-in-residence, University of Baltimore.

The Center for Business Innovation’s Business Plan Competition is sponsored by the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation, area Chick-fil-A restaurants, the CCBC Foundation, CCBC Alumni Association, the Catonsville Chamber of Commerce, EmbroidMe-Catonsville and the many business owners and CCBC faculty who have graciously donated their time and energy to the participants of the competition. All share a desire to transform lives through the power of the entrepreneurial mindset.

For additional information about the Business Plan Competition and Center for Business Innovation, contact Dennis J. Sullivan, CCBC Center for Business Innovation at 443-840-4395 or 



The Center for Business Innovation is dedicated to serving CCBC students and alumni who are interested in learning how to turn their ideas for new products and services into sustainable businesses.