Best Business Idea Competition Winners
The results of the 9th Annual Best Business Idea Competition are in, and the winners have been determined! The event was sponsored by the SUU Small Business Development Center and School of Business, Rich Christiansen (author of “The Zig Zag Principle”), Southwest Applied Technology College, USTAR, Cedar City Chamber of Commerce, and Hughes and Associates. Eighteen imaginative and promising business ideas were submitted for judging. Eleven finalists were chosen to present their business idea orally to the panel of judges. Based upon those presentations the winners were chosen. Their ideas covered a wide range of business possibilities. All represent very practical and innovative business ideas, with very bright prospects for the future. Many of the winning ideas were submitted by SUU students.
And the winners are:
- 1st Place - Jim Durfee, Mike Barrick & Rob Barrick - SneekEZ - Quiet apparel and footwear for the outdoor enthusiast.
- 2nd Place - David Westwood, Chad Westwood & Karsten Reed - Southern Utah Appraisal Management – Rural appraisal management services
- 3rd Place - Fas Lebbie, Josh Dutson & Nick Jones (SUU Students) - Patented zip-top shoe (Swap Top)
- Honorable Mention - Braden Yardley - Reglove Baseball – Glove repair services and custom-made wallets
- Honorable Mention - Cameron Findlay, Ryan Sorensen, George Savage (SUU student) - Customizable door kicks for decoration and/or advertising.
- 1st Place - Steven Walquist & Sterling Holmes - Axis Array – Patented universal solar panel mount.
- 2nd Place - Patrick Henrie & Dustin Gillies - Outlaw Lighting – Street legal kits for UTV’s, ATV’s and side by sides.
- 3rd Place - Kevin R. Wood - Ergonomically designed fishing rod grip/handle combo for maximum holding power.
- Honorable Mention -Tunnel Garden – The solution for growing plants all year long. Easy, affordable, portable and durable.
- Honorable Mention - Mark Ashby (SUU student), Matthew Edwards, Nathan Coats (SUU student), Benjamin Edwards (SUU student) - Pet Life Boxes – DIY casket and headstone kits for pets.
- 1st Place - Melissa and Nathaniel LeBaron - All-Tie Anchor Post - all purpose, easily moved anchor post.
- 2nd Place - Eric Moses, Adam Riback - Good Game Consoles – innovative method for repairing computer and electronic devices.
- 3rd Place - Benjamin Howe - History database of events maintained by curated community. Easily searched and displayed as a timeline.
- Honorable Mention -Brian Cameron (SUU student), Colton Brockbank - Mayhem Entertainment – an exhilarating, once in a lifetime event experience that makes the guest the center of the show.
- Honorable Mention - Mark Sherratt - H2No – locally manufactured cleaning products using patent pending technology will effectively replace hazardous and ineffective cleaning products.
- 1st Place - Brian Cameron, Kaylon Pickett (SUU Students) - Face to Face English – uses video chat features to teach English to Asian countries.
- 2nd Place (tied) - Terral Fox (SUU Student) - Unshoes – minimal footwear.
- 2nd Place (tied) - Emily Green, Maryann Naegle -Infant apparel line with attached/removable socks.
- 3rd Place - Brady Willardson, Chris McCormick, Suzie Rowley, Chase Clark, Clyde Miller - Interactive website for authors with tools for creating and marketing e-books.
- Honorable Mention - Landon Munk (SUU student), Taylor Ricks - Web-based network for commodity exchange purchasing, news, and information.
- Honorable Mention - Kyle Pulsipher (SUU student), Kolby Pulsipher - Main Street Theater – discount movies, themed movies, live performances and events.
- 1st Place - Dan Hermansen, Hyrum Mertlich (SUU Students) - New Prototype Wireless Headphones
- 2nd Place - Melanie Johnson - Online graphic program for realtors
- 3rd Place - Mark Miller - Customized music box movements
- Honorable Mention - Benjamin Howe - Timeline application
- Honorable Mention - Ellen Treanor - Youth Enjoy Success - Academic enrichment program
- 1st Place - Andrew Davis & Seth Wiscomb - Device used to access vehicles via telephone
- 2nd Place - Brian & Summer Tremelling - Emergency preparedness low fuel stove
- 3rd Place - Brian Holmes & Heath Holmes - Headlight restoration
- Honorable Mention - Mandy Wilcox & Julie Montoya - Application allowing users to set song tempo
- Honorable Mention - Mike Crockett - Specialized QuickBooks import files
- 1st Place - Marlon Stones and Brent Hasty - Alternative fuels development using algae
- 2nd Place - Mark, Lenn, Piete & Steven Florence - Classroom instruction in renewable energy technology
- 3rd Place - Craig Corry & Scott Albrecht - Trough heater for farmers
- Honorable Mention - Leesa Ricci - International freelance news network
- Honorable Mention - Elayna & Paul Wightman - Interactive calendars
- 1st Place - David Grant - Device requiring a child to work to play video games
- 2nd Place - Rachel Grant and Katie Pearson - Fiber optic technology for hair inserts
- 3rd Place - Mike Ogden - Affordable/lightweight camping trailers
- Honorable Mention - Tony Carlile - Farming commodity storage and distribution
- Honorable Mention - Daniel Thompson - Antler hunting professional media and apparel
- 1st Place - Chris Culp - Dump truck insert for the bed of pickup trucks
- 2nd Place - Laura Clinger - Uniquely designed and functional handbags
- 3rd Place - Christopher Empey - Diesel fuel alternative and processing
- Honorable Mention - Andrew Walton - Patented water bottle cap design with vitamins
- Honorable Mention - Gary Cohu - Hardware storage and organizer unit