Startup Sweepstakes

American Eagle Financial Services: Providing Non-Traditional Payment Methods For Critical Purchases

Each month, Bravo is rewarding one new company with a free, one-year subscription of Bravo Video. If you're a new business and want to increase the success of your online marketing initiatives, you may be a perfect fit for our New Business Program. Learn more and apply. American Eagle Financial Services Lloyd Lofton is the COO of American Eagle Financial Services, LLC. Lloyd's company specializes in insurance and financial products that provide quality protection with value pricing. They have a unique payment model that allows consumers to finance critical purchases without taking on traditional credit card debt.

What motivated you to start your own company?

We have been in the insurance industry for years, and as the market has changed we needed non-insurance related products. We found many consumers and small business owners had been affected by the economy and thus their credit had been negatively affected.

What's special about your business?

We help consumers make a needed purchase of a product or service even though their credit may not be the best. As long as they have an income and a checking account, they could qualify to write one check for 25% of their purchase and have the balance debited from their checking account over a 3, 6, or 12 month period of time. This makes the purchase more affordable and helps them stay debt-free because unlike credit cards (which are typically not paid off in the same month) they are debt-free in terms of that purchase after their payments have been made in full. Merchants get to add a "no credit required" finance program for customers who don't have the money or credit necessary to have the auto repair, dental work or other needed product or service. We fund the merchant in 3 business days for the sale while their customers get to pay over the 3, 6, or 12 month period of time. It helps merchants pick up "lost sales" and become more profitable.

How will you use Bravo Video?

Merchants will record how the program helped them pick up "lost sales" and manage revenue through these hard times. Merchant's customers will record how the ability to write one check for 25% and pay over a 3, 6, or 12 months of time helped them make a needed purchase at a time when otherwise they would not have been able to - which often times can result in a hardship. Congratulations Lloyd! We applaud your efforts and welcome you to our growing roster of Bravo Startup Sweepstakes winners!

Apps For 50: Ensuring Customers Can Engage With Businesses Anytime, Anywhere

Each month we reward a new company with a free, one-year subscription to Bravo Video. If you're a new business and want to increase the success of your online marketing initiatives, you may be a perfect fit for our Startup Sweepstakes. Learn more and apply here. Whether you have a website or a business, you want to make sure your audience and customers can engage with your brand or organization anytime, anywhere. AppsFor50.com offers an affordable, simple, and powerful way for you to connect with your audience and customers wherever they go. Below you'll find some interview questions answered by the founder of the company, Cornelius Brown Sr. Apps For 50

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What motivated you to start your own company?

The magic answers would be to better provide for my family, stimulate the local economy, or follow my dreams. However, while those answers are all true, my motivation is rooted from helping and educating other business entrepreneurs accomplish their goals in today's economy - in one of the most affordable ways - utilizing mobile technology. I look back on where I have been with many of my other business ventures, which have led me to the passions of my past and present combined. My professional life choices of military service, teacher, regional business manager, software programmer, and entrepreneur, led me to my true love of giving back to others, believing that I have a lot to offer the world in my current business pursuit. You ask, what motivated me to start my own company...well, besides the previously mentioned...life did! I believe in that old saying, "knowledge is power." However, it's the application of that knowledge that gives you TRUE power!

What's special about your business?

What's special about my business is the people that make up my organization and the impact they have on various entrepreneurs. They educate and train today's entrepreneurs and effect their bottom line significantly. Without breaking the bank and falling within any businesses shoe-string budget, my business enables entrepreneurs to maximize their ROI, by engaging their customers in the "here to stay, forever evolving" mobile technological revolution. I could go on to tell you I have the best service since the invention of the "Snuggie," but the fact is, there are thousands of mobile app development companies popping up every year. We all think we are special in one way or another. I find it best to stay in my lane, implementing my core values in the everyday practice of business, with a team to compliment my values. If that makes my business special, then so be it. What's truly special is assisting that young entrepreneur in obtaining a 20% increase in business in the 1st month... or helping that old mom & pop shop understand that the umbilical cord they have to their rotary phone has be cut and then guiding them into the light of new technology... or simply educating that tech-savvy kid that believes that it will cost him his 1st born to obtain a professionally customized mobile app. All that we require is the look of satisfaction as they benefit from all that we have to offer, an ingeniously affordable marketing tool. So, I would say it's the "who," not "what," that makes my business special!

How will you use Bravo Video?

As a startup, Bravo Video will significantly compliment my business' service in the educational process for those entrepreneurs that are on the fence with embracing mobile technology. In my very competitive market, Bravo will play an important roll in not just testimonial words or a voice, but a real face with real clients. I can't begin to tell you enough about how thankful every one of my clients are that my business found them or they found us. I want them to be able to tell the story that they are very eagerly ready to tell. Not only did I survey my team, but my clients as well, informing them of my option to add Bravo vs. competitors. The vote is unanimous, your core values, and the fact that you even offer a startup sweepstakes, speaks volumes. Not only will my company, current and future clients take advantage of your offering, you're also providing a valuable asset in my B2B service, and it carry forward to my clients (B2C). Now that's a unique benefit that brings true value! Congratulations AppsFor50.com! We applaud your efforts and welcome you to our growing roster of Bravo Startup Sweepstakes members!

Biao Skincare: A Business Born In Bagram, Afghanistan

Each month, Bravo is rewarding one new company with a free, one-year subscription of Bravo Video. If you're a new business and want to increase the success of your online marketing initiatives, you may be a perfect fit for our New Business Program. Learn more and apply. Biao SkincareNicole Baldwin is the Founder of Biao Skincare. Nicole is a United States Army veteran and studying Aesthetician who is delighted to pass down her grandmother’s cherished tradition of naturally-derived skin care formulations. A burn victim and survivor who has used her own line to virtually eliminate physical scars from her face and body, Nicole understands the emotional challenges women face every day. She formulated her safe and effective beauty and skincare line to meet her own stringent standards and to address the unique complexion needs of women of all ages and races. What motivated you to start your own company? I am a United States Army that got the idea to start my own beauty business after being burned with hot scalding water as a child. Witnessing the transformation of my skin from a herbal remedy created by my grandmother really inspired me to start a skin care line. What's special about your business? The fact that Biao Skincare was virtually started. I did all my business development, marketing and launching behind a computer while deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan. Skype became a habit! How will you use Bravo Video? I will use Bravo to send to customers for video reviews in exchange for free products. Bravo will allow me to integrate customer video testimonial onto all of my social media websites. Congratulations, Nicole! We applaud your efforts and welcome you to our growing roster of Bravo Startup Sweepstakes winners!

Jerry Evans Music Studio: Lessons That Bring Out The Musical Talent

Each month, Bravo is rewarding one new company with a free, one-year subscription of Bravo Video. If you are a new business and want to increase the success of your online marketing initiatives, you may be a perfect fit for our New Business Program. Learn more and apply. Jerry Evans has a love for teaching music. With over 9 years of experience, he's dedicated to making sure that all of his students are constantly improving and getting the most out of their talents. Jerry's music studio caught our attention because it was so evidently clear that his passion for music and teaching guides the way he runs his business - kudos! Owner of Jerry Evans Music Studio What motivated you to start your own company? I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to get the most from their talents, and I really enjoy seeing children and adults play music to the best of their abilities. Being self-employed and running my own studio gives me the freedom to "tweak" my teaching and structure any time I can find another opportunity to improve upon my students' education. What's special about your business? My guitar, bass, and drum students have a great time while in the studio. They start to fulfill their musical dreams, and sometimes go on to play in front of thousands & even travel nationally. In fact, two of my students just won their age category at the 31st annual Chicago Music Awards. How will you use Bravo Video? I can think of a number of different ways, but I will first use it to show people on my website all the great things they can learn when they come get music lessons here at my studio. Congratulations Jerry! We applaud your efforts and welcome you to our growing roster of Bravo New Business Program members!

Jet Hockey Arena: A New Synthetic Ice Arena in the Fox Valley Area of Chicago

Each month, Bravo is rewarding one new company with a free, one-year subscription of Bravo Video. If you are a new business and want to increase the success of your online marketing initiatives, you may be a perfect fit for our New Business Program. Learn more and apply.

Jet Hockey Arena, started by Chris Louis, is a state-of-the art synthetic ice arena. It offers a full range of both hockey and skating classes. This new business caught our attention because of their ability to use synthetic ice over traditional ice, which allows their customers to skate during the summer months in shorts - what a cool concept!

Jet Hockey Training Arena in St. Charles, IL

What motivated you to start your own company?I like being my own boss, and I wanted to fill a need for affordable hockey training in the local Fox Valley area.

What's special about your business?We offer affordable hockey and skating training in a private, comfortable environment that traditional ice rinks can't offer.

How will you use Bravo Video?Customers will record videos describing their experiences at Jet Hockey. We will then use them to captivate more of our audience on our website.

How did you hear about us?Referred by a friend!

Congratulations Jet Hockey! We applaud your efforts and welcome you to our growing roster of Bravo New Business Program members!

Key Lime Cards: Elegant, Hand-Crafted Greeting Cards For Those Very Special Occasions

Each month, Bravo is rewarding one new company with a free, one-year subscription of Bravo Video. If you are a new business and want to increase the success of your online marketing initiatives, you may be a perfect fit for our New Business Program. Learn more and apply. Key Lime Cards is owned by Karen Avnery, in St. Charles, IL. She turned her passion for creating elegant, hand-made greeting cards into a business – and would like to use Bravo to further promote her products. Although her cards most certainly speak for themselves, Karen is turning up the volume with customer testimonials. By posting these testimonials on her website, her blog and on her Facebook page, fans will appreciate her products even more. Key Lime Cards Owner Karen Avnery What motivated you to start your own company?I guess you could say it all started because of my passion for scrapbooking. I've enjoyed scrapbooking and crafts for as long as I can remember. I started making these cards a few years ago and giving them to friends and family members for their birthdays and around the holidays. After hearing "you should sell these" for so long I finally gave in and made it official. Now, my hobby is also my business! What's special about your business?My cards are very unique. You can't find my cards anywhere else in the world. I create the designs myself, and you won't find them at the shelves in the local store. They're very special and fun - while a Hallmark card may accompany a wrapped present, you can give my cards to someone as the actual gift itself. How will you use Bravo Video?Where to begin? The most obvious way would be to use it for customer testimonials on my website. In the summer months I spend my weekends at local farmers markets. Besides that, I only sell my cards online. Since online customers don't actually get to see and feel my cards in person, I have to hope that the photos do them justice. When customers receive my cards in the mail, I'd like to send them an email offering to capture their reaction and feedback. I am also an active blogger so I could certainly use Bravo as a way to get feedback on new designs for upcoming occasions and holidays. Then, if I designed a new card, I could post a blog entry about it and showcase a video or two thanking them for the meaningful ideas and feedback. If you want more ways, I can go on. How did you hear about us?I'm good friends with the owner of a a few frozen yogurt shops in my surrounding area. He turned me on to the idea as he uses Bravo Video on his website and Facebook Fan page as well. Congratulations Key Lime Cards! We applaud your designs and welcome you to our growing roster of Bravo New Business Program members!

The Orphan Care Network: An Essential Resource For Adoption and Foster Care

Each month, Bravo is rewarding one new company with a free, one-year subscription of Bravo Video. If you're a new business and want to increase the success of your online marketing initiatives, you may be a perfect fit for our New Business Program. Learn more and apply. Randy Doleman is the Executive Director of The Orphan Care Network, which began as a group of families with a strong passion for orphan care. They began supporting one another in their attempts at becoming foster and adoptive parents. This “group” quickly turned into a “community” and became an essential piece in resourcing, encouraging, and educating one another on orphan care.

What motivated you to start your own company?

My wife and I became foster parents about 2 and a half years ago. We went through the certification process and realized how essential it is to have other people by your side in the process. I started The Orphan Care Network to educate, resource, and encourage families who are, or who want to, pursue foster care or adoption.

What's special about your business?

There isn't anything like us out there. We are all about caring for those people who want to care for the fatherless in our community, nation, and world.

How will you use Bravo Video?

We want to capture people's stories about "caring for the orphan" so we can help encourage others who might have a similar story. We also want to share the testimonies from families who have been helped and served through our organization. Congratulations Randy! We applaud your efforts and welcome you to our growing roster of Bravo Startup Sweepstakes winners!

Sunrise Nutraceuticals: Enabling People to Do More, Feel Better, and Live Enriched Lives

Each month, Bravo is rewarding one new company with a free, one-year subscription of Bravo. If you're a new business and want to increase the success of your online marketing initiatives, you may be a perfect fit for our Startup Sweepstakes program. Learn more and apply. Sunrise NutraceuticalsEthan Graham is the Founder of Sunrise Nutraceuticals, a company that strives to enable people to do more, feel better, and live enriched lives. Their scientifically formulated detox supplement provides customers with the strength and comfort to successfully overcome opiate withdrawal by alleviating the mental and physical discomfort throughout the process.

What motivated you to start your own company?

Sunrise Nutraceuticals was started because of a need to help people in a way that was both safe and effective through one of the most difficult parts of their lives. Until recently, anyone dealing with opiate withdrawal had very limited options and many people felt hopeless to reclaim their lives because of the mental and physical toll that withdrawal took on one's life.

What's so special about your business?

Our mission from day one has always been to help the customer and provide them with the best product and customer service possible. We have many different outreach programs to help people who are both directly experiencing opiate withdrawal or who may have family and friends who need help. It is both a fulfilling and rewarding experience as we are able to witness people making one of the most important changes in their lives to reclaim their freedom from these substances and get a second chance at life.

How will you use Bravo?

We would love to use Bravo to help make it easier for Elimidrol users who want to share their story. Every time someone is able to share their experience, it helps others know that they are not alone and have hope back to a better life. Many customers have contacted us wanting to share their story but are not familiar with computers enough to learn how to record their experience. Bravo would be a great medium to help those customers and spread awareness to those in need. Congratulations, Ben! We applaud your efforts and welcome you to our growing roster of Bravo Startup Sweepstakes winners!

BootstrapFashion: Leading the Crowd-Sourced Fashion Design Movement in Style

Each month, Bravo is rewarding one new company with a free, one-year subscription of Bravo. If you're a new business and want to increase the success of your online marketing initiatives, you may be a perfect fit for our Startup Sweepstakes program. Learn more and apply. BootstrapFashionYuliya Raquel is not only an award-winning celebrity fashion designer of plus-size fashions, but also the CEO of BootstrapFashion, a web-based fashion design platform that's taken the fashion industry by storm. Yuliya and her co-founder, Don Straub, recognized the need for more affordable, easy-to-use tools to help designers simplify the design process while growing their businesses. Voila—BootstrapFashion was born. Their system levels the playing field to empower all fashionistas by delivering apparel and accessory design tools to new and seasoned designers, dressmakers and sewing enthusiasts.
What motivated you to start your own company?
I am committed to allow anyone, anywhere to design, make or purchase custom apparel and to transform an entire fashion industry.
What's so special about your business?
We are the catalyst for the movement in the creation of crowd-sourced fashion design. BootstrapFashion provides easy-to-use professional tools through a collaborative platform and offers individuals the ability to quickly create and design apparel like a professional. The creative power of 36 million US-based DIYers alone will change the way the fashion industry operates.
How will you use Bravo?
We want to create an engaged community of people and demonstrate the testimonials on the site. Congratulations, Raquel! We applaud your efforts and welcome you to our growing roster of Bravo Startup Sweepstakes winners!

Coaching By Claudia: An Essential Resource for Growth-Driven Designers & Creatives

Each month, Bravo is rewarding one new company with a free, one-year subscription of Bravo. If you're a new business and want to increase the success of your online marketing initiatives, you may be a perfect fit for our Startup Sweepstakes program. Learn more and apply. Coaching By Claudia: An Essential Resource for Growth-Driven Designers & CreativesClaudia Mayer is a leading business coach and the founder of Coaching by Claudia, a business and career coaching website for Designers and Creatives. With over eight years of experience in the international creative industry in five European and Asian countries, Claudia is well attuned with the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds and how to help those looking to grow professionally. Recognizing that not all designers and creative professionals have a commercial sense for growing their entrepreneurial courage, Coaching by Claudia was born.
What motivated you to start your own company?
I started Coaching by Claudia in July 2015 to launch my mission: bringing more fun and focus into the business side of Designers and Creatives. They're talented, work passionately and create unique value for their clients, but not all of them have a commercial sense.
What's so special about your business?
I help Designers and Creatives succeed in business and their careers by growing their entrepreneurial courage. My unique approach blends coaching for personal development and consulting for business development. I work virtually with clients around the world.
How will you use Bravo?
I would like to show my clients how easy and fun video testimonials can be. Congratulations, Claudia! We wish you the best and are pleased to include you on our growing list of Bravo Startup Sweepstakes winners!

MiNudes: Providing More Shapewear Options for Women of Color

Each month, Bravo is rewarding one new company with a free, one-year subscription of Bravo. If you're a new business and want to increase the success of your online marketing initiatives, you may be a perfect fit for our Startup Sweepstakes program. Learn more and apply. MiNudes: Providing More Shapewear Options for Women of ColorFor many women of color, finding suitable skin-tone shapewear has not been an option. Frustrated by the lack of skin-tone choices for all women of color, Founder Denyse Ray decided it was time for women of color to celebrate their shapewear with their own colors. Inspired by her own need and, the need of every woman of color that she knew, Denyse took a leap of faith and created MiNudes.
What motivated you to start your own company?
I wanted to give women another option in shapewear and also focus on true nude colors designed specifically for women of color.
What's so special about your business?
My product is made entirely in the US and as difficult as it is to manufacture domestically, I continue to produce my shapewear line through the multitude of challenges.
How will you use Bravo?
To increase visibility of my product for more sales. Congratulations, Denyse! We wish you the best and are pleased to include you on our growing list of Bravo Startup Sweepstakes winners!