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Candace Sparks part of competition

The Magnolia Business Alliance in Long Beach has selected Candace Sparks, founder of BabyBedside, from 49 applicants in South Mississippi to participate in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s nationwide competition for women entrepreneurs called “InnovateHER.” It is for women who are developing products and services that will enhance the lives of women and their families.

“S.P.A.R.K. LLC is so elated to represent the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a semi-finalist for the SBA InnovateHER Challenge. I believe this competition is an remarkable opportunity to raise awareness for BabyBedside 3-N-1 Changing Station and possibly procure investors to take our product to the next level,” said Sparks.

InnovateHER: 2015 Innovating for Women Business Challenge kicked off in early March. The SBA is seeking entrepreneurs who have created a product or service that will have a measurable impact on women and their families, fills a need in the marketplace, and has the potential for commercialization.

An executive committee comprised of SBA officials will review the semi-final nomination packages and select no more than 10 finalists. The finalists will compete for a total of $30,000 in prize money provided by Microsoft.
The 10 finalists will travel to the District of Columbia on May 8 where they’ll pitch their products and ideas to a panel of expert judges during SBA’s National Small Business Week. Find more at www.sba.gov/innovateHER.

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