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Kendra Reed wins 2020 Vicksburg Entrepreneur Bootcamp Business Plan Competition

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Photo courtesy of Vicksburg Warren Chamber of Commerce

The Vicksburg Warren Chamber of Commerce  recently concluded the 2020 Vicksburg Entrepreneur Bootcamp which taught 15 community  entrepreneurs the process of starting and growing a small business. The bootcamp, also  featured the opportunity for graduating participants to compete for a $1,000 grant prize to help  them start up their new business or grow the existing small business.  

Photo courtesy of Vicksburg Warren Chamber of Commerce

 In the end, three participants battled to win the Business Plan Competition on the night of  December 8th at the Hinds Community College Campus. For several weeks, all participants had  been diligently working to finalize their business plans to pitch it to a five-judge panel consisting  for representatives from the banking community. The participants discussed their business  sector trends, market feasibility, marketing plans, and planned financial growth to the judges, in  order to have a chance to win the $1,000 “Seed Grant”.  

In the end, and after careful deliberation by the judges, who took into account both their written  business plan and their in person presentation, Kendra Reed, who is kickstarting the “Delta Dirt  Shirts” was selected the winner of the Business Plan Competition. “Delta Dirt Shirts” utilizes  Mississippi mud to dye t-shirts that are made of cotton, and are designed by local artists. You  can find the Delta Dirt Shirts online at deltadirtshirt.com or at The Open Market in Washington  Street, in Vicksburg.  

The Vicksburg Entrepreneur Bootcamp Business Plan Competition was sponsored by the  Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce, the City of Vicksburg, BancorpSouth, Mutual Credit Union,  Home Bank, River Hills Bank, Regions, Guaranty Bank, and Trustmark.

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