Pick the pitch: Which woman-owned company holds the most promise?

Rockville economic development officials are looking for the region’s most promising woman-owned company – and they need your help.

Now in its eleventh year, the Start­Right business plan competition is Rockville Economic Development Inc.’s annual search for up-and-coming businesses run by women in the District, Maryland and Virginia. Over the past two months, officials have whittled the competitors down to eight finalists, who are now vying for more than $15,000 in cash prizes.

Now it’s up to you to decide who takes home the hardware (and the capital). Check out each of the finalists’ short video pitches below and vote for your favorite in the poll at the bottom of the page. We will announced the winner on Aug 28.

Craftworks, LLC

Location: Damascus, Md.

CEO: Barb Jones

Craftworks Studios is an immersive crafting experience where novice and experienced crafters alike can purchase exactly the materials they need for their projects and use commercial grade equipment to create original and professional looking projects in a safe, fun, and exciting environment.

 

Dance 4 Life & Health, LLC

Gaithersburg, Md.

CEO: Megan Riggs

Dance 4 Life & Health will offer exercise classes to help senior citizens to improve and maintain their fitness levels while providing a comfortable and welcoming environment for participants who may be wheelchair bound or unable to stand for the length of a traditional fitness class. They will also have classes to help children develop healthy exercise and eating habits.

 

ICOW, LLC

Silver Spring, Md.

CEO: Haiwen Ding

ICOW is a direct online channel to help Chinese students to apply for higher education in the U.S. via a Web application that helps Chinese students to create English resumes.

 

The Modern Archive Corporation

Location: Denton, Md.

President: Lorry Dudley

The Modern Archive is an online gallery, specializing in selling high-quality works of design, craft and art.

 

The Poshpacker Corporation

Location: Washington, D.C.

CEO: Anna Kojzar

Poshpacker is a new exclusive travel booking site, lifestyle guide and community network for millennial travelers around the world offering affordable and creative hoteliers like luxury hostels, and chic bed and breakfasts and design hotels.

 

Professional Development Training Center, LLC

Location: Washington Grove, Md.

CEO: Levietta Hayes

P.D.T.C. is a web based training consulting company specializing in training and professional career development.

 

Sunflower Health and Wellness, PC

Location: Olney, MD

Owner and founder: Brenda Stephens

Sunflower Health and Wellness is a health care center that will serve the needs of adolescents and adults with an emphasis on primary care and weight loss management through the professional services of a Family Nurse Practitioner.

 

Third Space Wellness, LLC

Silver Spring, Md.

Co-owner: Joy Andrews

Third Space Wellness is a conduit of wellness and of fostering community by delivering acupuncture, massage, yoga, running club, nutrition classes, wellness education and more.

 

This poll has now closed. Check back on Aug. 28 to see the results.

 

J.D. Harrison covers startups, small business and entrepreneurship, with a focus on public policy, and he manages the Post's On Small Business blog.
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