Small business recipient of more than $8,000 in cash and prizes

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) April 26, 2013 – Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development joined with The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Jackson Electric Membership Corporation to announce the finalists and winner of the third annual small business plan competition – The Amazing Entrepreneur. Palmetto Grant Consulting, a provider of grant consulting services, is named the Grand Prize recipient of the contest’s Established Business category.

“We are honored to be selected as the 2013 Amazing Entrepreneur Contest Grand Prize winner,” stated Susan Bacon, Founder and President of Palmetto Grant Consulting. “Our company seeks to help educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and local governments navigate the grant-writing process, and we hope to use these prizes to continue supporting these entities in and around the Gwinnett community.”

Finalists for the Established Business category also included:

  • Adrian Collaborative – a professional planning firm specializing in project management, environmental impact analysis, GIS mapping and analysis, transportation planning, and more.
  • Flairtab – a company which provides a cloud-based television news and entertainment service for doctor’s office waiting rooms.

“The Amazing Entrepreneur competition was developed as a method to engage, support, and promote small businesses during the critical early years of their existence,” stated Mark Farmer, Director of Entrepreneurship and Information Services for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “We congratulate Palmetto Grant Consulting on their exceptional efforts and look forward to seeing each of the finalists continue to grow and flourish in Gwinnett County.”

As the 2013 Amazing Entrepreneur Contest winner, Palmetto Grant Consulting accepted the top prize package which includes $2,500 cash, a consultation with an attorney from Arnall Golden Gregory ($2,500 value), a trip to Sage Summit customer conference in Maryland, a one-year Gwinnett Chamber membership ($500 minimum value), three copies of Microsoft Office 2010 ($1,500 value), and more.

Presenting sponsor of the 2013 Amazing Entrepreneur is Jackson Electric Membership Corporation. “Jackson EMC is a proud supporter of Partnership Gwinnett and its efforts to further encourage entrepreneurs and small businesses in the community,” stated District Manager, Randy Dellinger. “We are pleased to sponsor a contest that highlights the County’s successful entrepreneurs and the new ventures thriving in Gwinnett.”

“We are proud to partner in hosting The Amazing Entrepreneur for the third consecutive year—a competition which recognizes small business and entrepreneurial growth in Gwinnett County,” said Robert Andoh, Area Director for The University of Georgia SBDC. “Our mission at the SBDC is to encourage the development of small businesses and help entrepreneurs have access to the services, resources, and initiatives which will help them succeed.”

New to the 2013 contest was the Pre-Venture category, offering businesses not yet in operation the opportunity to win prizes. Announced as the inaugural winner, ReadySpot is an internet-business which allows users to reserve parking spots for events and places of business prior to arriving at their destination.

Designed to cultivate new business development in Gwinnett County, The Amazing Entrepreneur competition allows contestants to enter a business plan summary for judging, with finalists given the opportunity to present before a panel of judges. The contest finalists and winner were announced today during The Gwinnett Chamber’s Pinnacle Small Business Awards luncheon.

For more information on the Amazing Entrepreneur Contest, please visit To receive updates and reminders on Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development’s small business and entrepreneurial efforts, click here.

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