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Have you started a company in the Delaware Valley in the last two years and you’re ready to GROW!?  Does your business have a compelling message to send?  Enter the 2013 Small Business Challenge sponsored by American Executive Centers and Devon Hill BMW for your chance to win a $25,000 marketing campaign on KYW NEWSRADIO and CBSPhilly.com, and a 1 year lease from American Executive Centers!

Small Business Challenge Criteria:

  • Business must be up & running, and post-revenue
  • 80% of revenue must stay in the DelawareValley
  • Business must be less than two years old
  • Total revenue must be less than $5 million annually

Congratulations to this year’s winner:

Chester County’s Best Kept Secrets Tour – Michele Scott

According to the U.S. Travel Association, shopping ranks second among the top five leisure activities for U.S. domestic travelers. Popular destinations like Mall of America, Rodeo Drive and main streets across the country lore even casual shoppers looking for unique items and occasional bargains. Chester County’s Best Kept Secrets Tour is a bi-annual, 16-day shopping, food, and fun event that promotes local shopping “like a tourist” in Chester County. Tour-goers purchase a ticket for $8 (with $1 donated to a local charity) then travel in their own vehicle using our Tour guide and map. Our VIP shoppers enjoy free events, goodies, and coupons provided by the businesses. Each business sees hundreds of qualified shoppers (the majority from the Tri-County area) and typically experience thousands of dollars in sales for their small advertising investment ($300+).


This year’s other finalists:

Open Your Mind Tutoring - Anne Oliver

Open Your Mind Tutoring (OYMT) is an in home tutoring company based in suburban Philadelphia.  We opened for business in April, 2012, and are still trying to increase our client base.  OYMT currently services students primarily in the greater Bux-Mont area, however, we are looking to branch out further into the Philadelphia area and greater Delaware Valley. One-on-one and group tutoring services are offered for students from kindergarten through college, as well as some services for adults. We also offer standardized test preparation, foreign language instruction, and computer instruction.


Allen & Allen Motor Speedway Racing - Joel Allen

J. Allen Enterprises, Inc. is preparing to open The Minority Racing Museum & Desktop Cafe in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.  The Minority Racing Museum will include various racing artifacts, antique model cars and racing memorabilia depicting the involvement of minorities in slot car racing in the United States from its humble beginnings in the 1950’s to the present, as well as racing-related artwork. It will also include biographies of the racers, their photographs, photographs of the tracks where they performed their races and photographs and models of their racing cars.


Roger Lee Dance, LLC - Roger Lee

Roger Lee Dance, LLC gets the world learning, watching, and reading about dance. The year-old-company, established in May 2012, is run by Roger Lee. The dance entrepreneur was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He started his dance journey as an original member and co-captain of FOX 29’s Good Day Philadelphia Dance Team. Roger went on to study dance at the prestigious Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts where he performed annually on 6 ABC’s Boscov’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. After studying at the former Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, Roger attended Ursinus College where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and Media Communications. In June 2012, Roger graduated from Drexel University with a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration. After completing graduate school, Roger pursued his passion of running a dance company. He accomplished all of this by the age of 24.