A video production company, a lavender farm and a custom watercolor stationery company have earned cash prizes for starting up new enterprises in the past year.
They are the winners this year in the Startup MHC program, announced Wednesday in a ceremony at the Martinsville Municipal Building. Each received cash for a specified need and access to the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s support systems for new businesses.
Kendall Davis, who has a videography advertising and social media marketing company, BAG Productions, received $6,921.46. Carolyn Byrd, owner of Imagination Lavender Farm in Dyer’s Store, won $3,500, and Ashleigh Pritchard, an artist who paints pet portraits and stationery through CharmCat, won $3,329.
Pritchard is an artist and graphic designer who runs a retail outfit out of Studio 107, said Lisa Watkins, president of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. That money would pay for her attendance at a trade show and to buy more equipment. She also will be able to use the business incubator for six months.
In fact, Pritchard was at a trade show during the time of the awards ceremony, so she participated via Zoom.
“I really love the Martinsville community and look forward to growing my business and becoming an integral part of the arts community there,” Pritchard said.