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Women-owned startups vying for more than $10,000 in cash awards in StartRight! Women’s Business Plan Competition

August 15, 2016

POTOMAC, Md., Aug. 15, 2016/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On Thursday, August 25, 2016, at noon at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, six women will get the nicest compliment possible for their business ideas: cash.  The StartRight! Women’s Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the law firm of Shulman Rogers, Morgan Stanley, EagleBank, Snyder Cohn and others, will award a $5,000 grand prize, two 2nd place awards of $2,500 and three 3rd place awards of $1,000 to women who want to start or expand their business, ranging from a robust website for activities and support services for seniors, My Active Senior, LLC, to manufacturing sustainably sourced American oak barrels for distilling, brewing and wine making, Free State Cooperage, to a flexible, mobile, professional make-up company, Accessmatized, providing early morning and late night service at your place or theirs.

“Past StartRight! finalists and winners have told us the exposure, feedback and award money provided crucial validation and support for their ideas and dreams,” according to one of the initial founders of the competition, Nancy Regelin, a well-known Metro Washington area land use attorney with Shulman Rogers of Potomac, Maryland.  Shulman Rogers has been an annual lead sponsor of the StartRight! competition since its inception in 2004.  One of the firm’s named shareholders, Don Rogers, will present the awards during the Keynote Luncheon of The Power Conference:  Women Doing Business, a women’s regional business development event.  

More than 700 businesswomen, including business owners and senior professionals for some of the major metro area corporations including PenFed, Morgan Stanley, Kaiser Permanente, WSSC, PEPCO – Excelon, and fast growing women-owned businesses including Pivotal Practices, FlexProfessionals, Strategic Consulting Partners and Creative Colony representing millions of dollars revenue, will gather at this 17th Annual Power Conference (formerly the Women In Business Conference).  They will meet clients, prospects, service providers and referral sources during a full day of business workshops, master classes and exhibits.  State and local government officials will be present to introduce attendees to the resources available to both new and established businesses in the region.

The Keynote Speaker for the event will be Crystal McCrary, a TV and Film Producer and Director and Best Selling NY Times author of the book Inspiration, which profiles 29 dynamic American women who are changing the world.  She recently produced and directed the documentary Little Ballers on Nick Sports. 

For registration information, go to

For information on the StartRight! Business Plan Competition presented by the Maryland Women’s Business Center, an initiative of Rockville Economic Development, Inc., go to

A full list of finalists is provided below:

  1. Accessmatized –Takia Ross
  2. Adult Computer Tutor, LLC – Eileen Gannon
  3. Free State Cooperage – Alice Blayne-Allard
  4. MedAPT – Damaini Agarwal
  5. My Active Senior, LLC – Shememe Williams
  6. Next Steps in Nursing, LLC (NSIN) – Shenita Penn & Krystina Sims
  7. SPIN Healthcare & IT Solutions, LLC – Angela Williams
  8. The Story House – Deborah Bodin Cohen
  9. Three Muses Health & Wellness, LLC – Dawn M. Bellanti
  10. Wisdom in Minutes – Tonda Bean

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