Tuesday, September 22, 2009

CostumeWorks Named Regional Finalist in Alibaba.com Newpreneur of the Year Contest

CostumeWorks Founder and President, Ryan Dover, was selected as a regional semifinalist in the Alibaba.com and Inc. Magazine “Newpreneur of the Year” contest.  Chosen from a field of 900+ applicants, Ryan will be competing with 30 entrepreneurs whose businesses range from recyclable furniture to insulated handbags for men and women for the chance to win up to $50,000 in business grants.

Contestants in each semifinalist round will be hosted and evaluated by an esteemed panel of experts, including Bob LaPointe, President, Inc.; Kirk Aubry and Jim Schelskler, the Inc. CEO Project; Kelly Sang, general manager, Alibaba.com Americas; Bo Burlingham, Editor-At-Large, Inc.; and Tom Searcy, author of Whale Hunting: How to Land Big Deals and Transform Your Company, and RFPs Suck! How to Master the RFP System Once and For All to Win Big Business.

Following the semifinalist events, the 12 finalists will be profiled on www.inc.com/alibaba, where the public can vote for the businesses that they think have the most potential to revive the economy. Based on online voting, the top five Newpreneurs will be invited to the finale event in San Francisco on Nov. 18, 2009, where the grand prize winner will be revealed and win $50,000 to invest in their business. The four remaining finalists will take home awards totaling an additional $50,000.

The semifinalists with compete in the six regional events throughout October in New York, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Seattle, and Los Angeles.  Ryan will represent CostumeWorks at the event at the W Hotel in Chicago on October 13.

The press release from Alibaba.com is available online here.