Black Economic Leadership League of Rock Hill Awards $100,000 in XPrize Money to Four Entrepreneurs
Th Black Economic Leadership League of Rock Hill, also known as B.E.L.L, held their inaugural XPrize dinner on Thursday evening, December 12 at Winthrop University’s Richardson Ballroom to announce the much anticipated winners of the XPrize Competition. The B.E.L.L. XPrize was launched this past summer in partnership with JM Cope Construction as a competition to help fuel the development and growth of African-American businesses in Rock Hill. The pool of candidates competing for a portion of the $100,000 prize money was narrowed from 70 initial applicants in early July to 12 companies that made pitches to a panel of seven judges in November. The evening culminated with an exciting celebration and four entrepreneurs receiving varying amounts of the prize
money to help them start or grow their entrepreneurial enterprises to the next level. The winners represented a broad spectrum of services, and they are:
Body Envy Wellness and Hydration is a clinic that specializes in weight loss, wellness products, and IV Hydration. If you are suffering from jet lag, a hangover, low energy, or in need of athletic recovery, Body Envy’s products and services will give you the boost you need. The owner Jesslyn Anderson was the recipient of $27,000.
Our next winner, Kimberly Mood had already taken the leap to become a small business and needed help figuring out how to grow to the next level. Carolina Therapy Solutions for Kids provides pediatric therapy services in the home, the clinic and the community using a FAMILY-centered approach to treatment. Kimberly’s practice is focused on children with special needs. She says of her services, “our dynamic interventions are tailored to each individual family's needs. Our primary mission is to equip parents and caregivers to integrate therapeutic practices into their daily routines. We want to give the family the skills to be the therapist each day and across the lifespan!” Kimberly was awarded the largest prize, walking away with $30,000.
New Attitude Performing Arts Center (NAPAC) which is owned by Erika Hogan was awarded $18,000. She is training tomorrow's leaders through the Arts in a welcoming and diverse studio family. Offering tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, aerial silks, acting, and STAR Leadership. NAPAC strives to always provide so much more than just great dancing.
The fourth winner of the XPrize competition is a husband and wife team, Julisa and Harold White of True Divine Xpressions, LLC. They were awarded $25,000 for their company which specializes in custom and Greek apparel. TDX by has no minimums, no set up fees, a quick turn around, and quality custom products. Their mission is to help one another connect by being an avenue for everyone to Xpress themselves. While the Greek sorority and fraternity market is their primary focus, they are still ready to serve you, whether you are a group, a team, or a business, The Whites are here to help you Xpress yourself with their tees and other special-tees!
Dawn Johnson, Chair of B.E.L.L. and the visionary responsible for the XPrize program sums up the experience this way, “the B.E.L.L. XPrize experience was a demonstration of our community in action. When individuals and private businesses come together, giving of their time, talent and resources to invest in the dreams of others, it is life changing for all involved. An experience like this is unifying and makes us stronger. It has been so rewarding to visit
JM Cope construction and to see and hear the pride that the employees felt to be associated with this effort. We truly are an All American City and I am overjoyed to be a citizen of Rock Hill, S.C.”