Finalist Q&A: True Believers Comics & Gallery

True Believers Comics & Gallery is not only are a retail space for comics, books, DVD rentals, and related schwag; it also acts as a community center for locals, a safe place for kids of all ages to hang out. True Believers also support local art and reading events.

Finalist Q&A: StepPro, Inc.

StepPro, Inc. manufactures and markets stepladder accessory items. The product is called the FlipTray.

How did you come up with the ides for your business, and what, or who, is your main source of motivation?
The evolution of the FlipTray was borne from the fact I painted homes when I was 13-14 years old. After a profession in teaching I went into the business world. It was then that I decided to make this product a reality. After much prototyping, industry research, and meeting my eventual partners, it was decided to take this as far as possible.

Finalist Q&A:, LLC provides a national, searchable venue allowing SMB's to advertise there products and services 24hrs a day with the added attraction of posting a video Commercial (Vmercial) for Free.

Finalist Q&A: Sobo

Sobo, an acronym for Soul and Body, offers fitness for your mind and body through a fun dance exercise program that also focuses on mental attitude (building confidence and learning to love yourself just as you are).

Finalist Q&A: Headwaters Bamboo Rod Company

Headwaters Bamboo Rod Company makes fly fishing outings an adventure by providing classic handcrafted bamboo fly rods.

Finalist Q&A: Calandre Designs LLC

Calandre Designs LLC have designed a high-quality American made line of dog beds & accessories called LoveBarklee. These beds can be perfect for an interior designer that might be looking for a little surprise for their client, or for a regular dog lover that loves to pamper their pooch.

How did you come up with the idea for your business, and what, or who, is your main source of motivation?


Genius in the morning is an indie-entrepreneurial venture whose aim is to promote and strengthen local communities through creativity, design and community participation. They are an entirely do-it-yourself, grassroots organization, which subscribe to the ethics that are intrinsic to the sustainable movement, such as an emphasis on creativity, strong local communities and social and environmental awareness. From their business cards to t-shirts to web design, they use local, handmade, sustainable goods and services whenever possible (and they say it’s almost always possible!).

Finalist Q&A: Altavert Alternative Advertising

Altavert is a specialty advertising service that allows you to take advantage of a practically limitless advertising medium – freeway traffic. Altavert let commuters advertise for you by placing your ads on the personal vehicles of people who live, work, and play in your target markets. You can accurately target specific neighborhoods and even streets, schools, or shopping centers with mobile advertising from Altavert.

Finalist Q&A: Aunt Kathy's LLC

Aunt Kathy's is a manufacturer of unique blend of BBQ sauces,dry rubs, lemon pepper fish fry mix and vadalia relish. Aunt Kathy's has found their niche in the food industry by developing a DIET BBQ sauce. Low sodium, low calorie, low carbohydrate sauces are great for diabetics and low carb diets.

Finalist Q&A: is a restaurant delivery service, which allows restaurants that normally can't provide delivery to offer this option to their customers, allowing them to generate extra revenue. They also provide marketing to these restaurants, which helps them to compete with the bigger chains.

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