Finalist Q&A: Brighter Pastures

Brighter Pastures provides Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Growth, Learning, and Education to commmunities throughout central Illinois. Their mission is to enrich the quality of lives and relationships of individuals, groups, and families by encouraging self-awareness, positive attitudes, empowerment, self-esteem, life-skills, emotional healing, and personal growth through experiential learning in partnership with horses.

Finalist Q&A: Stressbusters

This business installs the Stressbusters program on college campuses and provides guidance, print materials, and school-to-school best-practice facilitation to support their ongoing operation and expansion. Stressbusters is a college wellness and prevention program that contributes to the creation of a healthier campus community through continuous outreach efforts, resource education and training. At its core, Stressbusters trains students to be wellness coaches who calm and connect thousands of students and staff with support services and free backrubs at planned events all over campus, all year long. Beyond backrubs, Stressbusters supports campus mental health safeguards by encouraging self-care and help-seeking behaviors while reducing student isolation.

Finalist Q&A: Attention to Detail Gifts

Attention To Detail Gifts takes gift giving to a whole new level. Attention To Detail Gifts provides over 400 gift baskets, vibrant flowers, and decadent chocolates to clients. They offer: * Same day shipping * The sender's personalized message * Package tracking * Reminder service * 24 hour gift advice * A post delivery confirmation call All Free Of Charge. They have been featured in a local paper and Oprah Winfrey has been the recipient of one of their gifts.

Finalist Q&A: Citi Functions

Citi Functions provides all the unique amenities for any special event. From Dj's for that surprise party to sky-diving at 30,000 feet. Take that special someone horseback riding and dinner on the beach. Have your own personal photographer. Stage a romantic carriage ride through the citi or sore through the clouds in a hot air-balloon. Breakaway from the mundane, be creative, and sweep your loved one off their feet.

Finalist Q&A: Pandora Trips

Pandora Trips helps people make the most of their vacations by designing for them custom vacation itineraries. The customer fills out an online form indicating travel dates and a series of answers about his or her travel interests, goals, etc. Pandora Trips conducts research in order to find and pass along activities/venues that best match our customers' interests.

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

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.

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