Diana Bush, owner of the retail boutique Salutations of Delray, accepts the second-place prize of $10,000 in the Batmasian Family Grant small business award competition. Also at the presentation are (l-r) attorney Ken Ronan, Troy McLellan of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, and Lauren Ricks of Into The Blue Agency, which promoted the grant competition. Photo provided
More than 150 Broward and Palm Beach County businesses applied to be considered for the Batmasian Family Grant for small business.
In June, 15 grants were awarded. Founders of Investments Limited, Propel, and Changing Lives, Jim and Marta Batmasian support both small businesses and nonprofit organizations with a goal to make a difference in the community.
The first-place winner, Invictus Barber Shop, was awarded $20,000. The second-place winner, Salutations of Delray, received $10,000. The third-place winner, K&E Travel Agency, was awarded $10,000.
The remaining top finalists each received $5,000. They were: Doria Media, Swim Boca, Wine House Social, Urban Youth Impact, Six Tables, Music For Young Voices, Toby Center, The Loft At Congress, Everyday Learning, ScentsAbility, Project Speech and Atlantic Allcare.
The judging panel was made up of business leaders, with the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce reviewing all applications. Winners also received three months of one-on-one consultation sessions with the Batmasians and the judging panel.
— Christine Davis