Ten Finalists Announced for the MUES Business Plan Competition
Finalists to Compete for New $10,000 Consumer’s Choice Award
CHICAGO -- January 29, 2013
Ten talented entrepreneurs have advanced to the final round of the MillerCoors
Urban Entrepreneurs Series (MUES) Business Plan Competition, which has awarded
nearly two million dollars in grants since 1999. The diverse group of
entrepreneurs will present their business plan to a panel of nationally
renowned judges in Chicago for a chance to win part of the $150,000 prize
For the first time, consumers will have the chance to vote for their favorite
urban entrepreneur through the Consumer’s Choice Award; the fan-favorite
finalist will win a business development grant of $10,000. Consumers cast
their votes once per day via Facebook at Facebook.com/MillerCoorsUES from
January 29 to February 11.
“As a leading innovator in the beer industry, we’re proud to recognize and
reward fresh and creative business ideas. The MUES program has helped increase
economic opportunities and resources for dynamic businesses across the
country," said Larry Waters, senior director of community commerce and
partnerships at MillerCoors. “This year, we’re adding to the excitement by
opening it up to consumers and asking them to vote for their favorite idea.”
The following entrepreneurs advanced to the final round out of hundreds of
*Santiago Halty - Senda Athletics: A U.S.-based company making fair trade
sports balls and equipment with designs and styles inspired by athletes
from around the world.
*Whitney and Brent Herrington – Elevenup Shoes: A specialty women’s shoe
company focusing exclusively on plus size consumers by providing shoe
sizes 11 and up.
*Felix Lloyd and Jordan Bookey – Zoobean, LLC: A search resource that will
empower parents with a new way to search, recommend and buy the best books
for children by curating and cataloging the highest quality children’s
books and e-books.
*Lauren Miller and Jason Brien- Excelegrade: A company that developed
online software that replaces paper-based tests in K-12 classrooms with
assessments on tablets, smart phones, and laptops.
*David Mitchell – Wesley Mitchell Chapel: A Texas-based funeral home that
will celebrate the life of the departed and bolster support systems for
those who must live without them.
*Gabriel Munoz and Raul Duran - Hispanic Employee Recruiting Online: An
innovative online platform that will unite companies seeking to build a
diverse workforce with quality, bilingual candidates in the Midwest.
*Tinia Pina - Re-Nuble, Inc.: A social enterprise providing local, organic
recycling services for major food waste generators using innovative and
*Carlton Reeves – Reeves Technologies LLC: Creators of Tabit, a
point-of-sales (POS) system that promotes a positive dining experience by
connecting consumers and restaurants.
*Tia Robinson – Vertical Edge: An apparel company that provides fashionable
fitness wear for traditional and alternative fitness enthusiasts.
*Ben Silbert and Mac Tichner – Bar & Club Stats: Creators of a custom iPod
or iPhone ID scanner that provides real-time demographic information about
bars, nightclubs and arenas.
MillerCoors will announce this year’s winners in March and will award a
$50,000 business grant to the top contestant and $25,000 grants to four
runners-up. Consumers who vote at the MUES Consumer’s Choice Award must be age
21 and older. All votes should be submitted at www.Facebook.com/MillerCoorsUES
by Monday, February 11, 2012, at 9:00 p.m. (CST).
The MUES program was designed to help urban entrepreneurs grow their business
and offers a set of unique resources for business owners to craft successful
business plans and gain insights from experts. Resources are available via
online and mobile platforms, allowing entrepreneurs to access videos and other
business resources while on the go. MUES supporters include the National
Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), the Atlanta Business
League, the Chicago Urban League, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Dallas, the United States Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce and additional local chambers and chapters of the Urban
For more information on the MUES Business Plan Competition and helpful
business resources, visit www.MillerCoorsMUES.com.
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highest quality beers. MillerCoors is the second-largest beer company in the
United States, capturing nearly 30 percent of beer sales in the U.S. and
Puerto Rico. Led by two of the best-selling beers in the industry, MillerCoors
has a broad portfolio of brands across every major industry segment. The
portfolio is led by the company’s premium light brands: Coors Light, Miller
Lite and Miller64. Coors Light, the World’s Most Refreshing Beer, offers
consumers refreshment as cold as the Rockies. Miller Lite established the
American light beer category in 1975, offering beer drinkers a light beer that
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complements a balanced lifestyle. MillerCoors brews premium beers Coors
Banquet and Miller Genuine Draft, and economy brands Miller High Life and
Keystone Light. Tenth and Blake Beer Company, MillerCoors craft and import
division, imports Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Pilsner Urquell and Grolsch and
features craft brews from the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Blue Moon
Brewing Company and the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company. MillerCoors operates
eight major breweries in the U.S., as well as the Leinenkugel’s craft brewery
in Chippewa Falls, Wisc. and two microbreweries, the Tenth Street Brewery in
Milwaukee and the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver.
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