What do coffee, couches and gluten-free treats have in common?
The owners of local businesses who sell them could win thousands of dollars for their entrepreneurial efforts at Palm Beach SCORE’s celebration Friday. The three finalists are all, coincidentally, North County business owners, even though the chapter works with people from Tequesta to Boynton Beach.
In the running:
-Amy & Scott Angelo, whose Oceana Coffee has two locations in Tequesta
-Cynthia Heathcoe, who was once homeless and now owns Contemporary Living at Downtown at the Gardens
-Dino Lauro, owner of Chunky Dunkies in Riviera Beach
The top entrepreneur will get a $5,000 cash award, and the two runners up will each get $1,000, according to a news release. An independent panel of judges from the local business community chooses the winners and runners up. Candidates submit written descriptions of how the award will help their business grow.
They must have attended a Palm Beach SCORE workshop or received mentoring, been in business with a steady revenue stream in six figures and have at least one employee, according to the release.
The first-place winner will be announced at a celebration and lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Florida Power & Light’s Manatee Lagoon, 6000 North Flagler Drive in Riviera Beach.
Tickets are $50 each, and registration is at palmbeach.score.org.