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Macon Mogul Finalists Announced

Phase Two of the Macon Mogul business competition has been completed and the field has been narrowed to 19 contestants. Meet the finalists and see what enterprising ideas they have for new businesses at the Macon Mogul Mixer scheduled on January 12th from 5:30-7:30 pm at the 567 Center for Renewal located at 533 Cherry Street in downtown Macon. The Macon Mogul finalists are 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.

The entrepreneur with the winning business plan will receive a business startup package valued at over $50,000, including the following for one year: space in downtown Macon, internet and phone service,, 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). 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. The Macon Mogul grand prize winner will be announced at a press conference on January 26 at 11:30 am at the Cox Capitol Theatre in downtown Macon.

The Macon Mogul business competition is a project of The Gateway Initiative funded through the Peyton Anderson Foundation. The objective of the competition is to draw attention to the wealth of opportunity that Macon provides for aspiring entrepreneurs and visionary creative professionals. In response to the influx of commercial and residential opportunities in downtown Macon, an extensive inventory of hot properties are available for new retail, gallery, loft, high tech offices, or entertainment venues. Macon’s rich musical heritage and central location provide a great foundation for the development of a variety of businesses ranging from small niche boutiques to innovative, green start-ups.