As Big Ideas rolls around again this year, we thought we would update you on some of the winners from last year. Jennifer Blankenship, our second place winner, was inspired to start her own company. Here is an excerpt from her marketing flyer:
“In the competitive market of rural nonprofit social services and nonprofits engaging in effective development, grant writing, and program delivering can be exhausting. MAE is here to help! We can deliver the FAMILY EFFECTIVENESS TRAINING program, GED tutoring, and Self-sufficiency skills building (including employability skills building) that your clients need. For help with time consuming development projects we are able to offer proven and experienced contracting to get the job done and bring in the dollars to keep your great programs on track.”
When asked about her experiences with Big Ideas and her impressions of the contest, Jennifer stated, “The contest gives people the support from the community that makes a big difference in taking a risk in business. Knowing that people are hoping that there will be businesses started up and supporting that with dollars is a big incentive to overcome the fear of the mountain of work that can come with making an idea a reality.”
Way to go Jennifer! What a great example of the entrepreneurial spirit that Big Ideas is attempting to encourage.