Macon Mogul Winner Announced

MACON, GA (01/27/2012) - TailsSpin was recognized today as the grand prize winner of The Macon Mogul business competition at a press conference held by the Macon Gateway Initiative at the Cox Capitol Theatre in downtown Macon. TailsSpin’s entrepreneurial team, led by Jusak Yang Bernard, will receive a business startup package valued at over $50,000, including the following for one year: space in downtown Macon, Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce membership and grand opening ceremony, mentorship by a local business executive, business startup legal services, accounting services, logo and corporate identity package, media advertising schedules, marketing research by a local college, and coverage in Georgia Trend magazine (Macon Feature Edition). The prize package is valued at over $50,000 and includes professional services from the following contributing community partners:

Peyton Anderson Foundation
Sell and Melton
McNair, McLemore and Middlebrooks
Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce
NewTown Macon
Bright Ideas Group
Bright Blue Sky Productions
Burt and Burt Art and Design
Maryann Bates Photography
SoChi Services
Thin Place Creative

The Macon Mogul finalists were Ariane Parham, Leighton Elliot, Steven Bell, David Wells, Troy Tarpley, Cole Parker, Bobby McCullough, Jeremy Knowles, Deborah McMahon Levitt, Tammy Kight, Lauren O'Quinn, Shannon Archibald, Caren Connoly, Robin Cook, Erika Salter, Robert Fischer, Colby Branum, Brandon Butler, and John Buckner. In addition to the grand prize winner, entrants with promising business plans will also be supported in their efforts to secure funding sources for their business concepts in downtown Macon.

Professional judges reviewed business plans and applications to elect the finalists and the grand prize winner. The jurors were:
Lucas Hopkins, Macon State College
Matthew Liao-Troth, Georgia College
Mike Whitfield, Georgia College
Karla Redding, Big O Foundation
Mechel McKinley, Main Street Macon