Rex Davenport, business writer

Nicholas McGovern of NJM Consultants won the Gateway Technical College Launch Box business pitch competition held this week at the SC Johnson integrated Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Center.

NJM Consultants helps implement home automation products. For his pitch, McGovern will receive a $6,000 seed grant for his company.

With tools and skills gained through an intense 12-week business mentoring program, entrepreneurs competed for seed grants. The entrepreneurs made a four-minute pitch to a panel of judges at the May 15 event.

All businesses were based in the Racine area and are members of Launch Box. They were:

  • Jacinta Lagos and Victoria Enviado, owners of Cake My Day Bakery, won second place, and received a $5,000 seed grant. The women make Argentinian-style treats called alfajores that will be available at coffee shops and area farmers markets.
  • Charlie Davidson Jr., owner of Destroy Iron, captured third place and a $4,000 grant. Destroy Iron is a line of athletic wear.
  • Marc Spang and Lucia Carlin, owners of Marc’s Floor Installations, took fourth place and will receive a $3,000 grant. The company specializes in tile and carpet installations.

Two other companies were runners-up and will each receive a $2,500 seed grant:

  • Shelly Pederson, owner of Wishful Collections, a “party in a box” service to create a memorable party experience.
  • Brian Repa, Zach Prideaux and Stephen Lion, owners of Square One Solutions, which provides an environmental cleaning product applied to windows and activated by sunlight.

Gateway Technical College collaborates with communities in Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties to ensure economic growth and viability by providing education, training, leadership and technological resources to meet the changing needs of students, employers and communities.

Launch Box is a business development resource that helps entrepreneurs and small businesses reach the next stage of their professional journey.

Ten partnering community organizations developed Launch Box for City of Racine entrepreneurs, inventors and business owners.

The Launch Box website provides business planning resources for entrepreneurs who want to start a business within the City of Racine and ongoing assistance for emerging and established businesses.

Launch Box has numerous resources for business plan assistance, licenses and permits, financing your business, business education, business training, workforce development and staffing, and more to start and grow a business within the city limits of Racine, Wisconsin.

For more information, please contact Thalia Mendez at (262) 898-7404.


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Rex Davenport

Rex Davenport is a reporter, editor and editorial project manager with more than 40 years of experience in newspaper, business magazines and other content channels.