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Idea Cafe's Grant Semi-Finalists

These 225 Grant Applicants blew us away with their business vision and their intent to leverage their business and personal talents to help others.

They've made it VERY difficult for us to select the final finalists from this group, but from this elite group of wonderful entrepreneurs, we've selected 56 of them to stay in the running as finalists. Here they are...

Celia Bucci
Celia Bucci, CMT
Chicago, IL
Hazel Blake Parker
The Parker Institute for Excellence, LLP
Orangeburg, SC
Rae Eby-Carl
Wordsail
Upper Lake, CA
C. Hope Clark
FundsforWriters
Chapin, SC
raoul kaiser
Krypto-Knight Vending
Plainfield, IL
Sheryl Williams
Life Change Consultation Services
Fresno, CA
Sonja Braden
MediClaim Billing Solutions
Antioch, CA
Coretta Jackson
Business ethos
Jacksonville,
Terry Locke II
Dynamite Video Productions
Flint, MI
Charese Adesalu-Johnson
Prodigy Accounting Services
Aberdeen, MD
Rochelle Waldoch
With Best Regards
Maplewood, MN
mike marrero
minasnet entertainment
kissimmee, FL
Bud Bilanich
The Common Sense Guy
Denver, CO
Andrea Dion Jacobs
Salon Euphoria
Boston, MA
Hadley Rakowski
Alternate Solutions
Essex Junction, VT
Alacias Enger
Third Eye Theatre
Oregon City, OR
Judy Albrecht
Twice Is Nice Resale
Huntsville, TX
Julia Russo
Russo's of Atlanta
Alpharetta, GA
Victoria Pericon
Savvy Mommy
New York, NY
Ellen Morrell
Cyber Calf, LLC
Hazleton, PA
Lisa Schultz
Virtually Ready
Land O Lakes, FL
Amy Cousin
Sirius Mind and Body
Rock Hill, SC
Lisa Stoddart
Imagine Custom Catering
west bend, WI
Kurt Steiner
DreamWeavers World Teknologies
Wasilla, AK
Nila Repard
Chosen Spot Design
Canandaigua, NY
margaret hall
Taxes R Us
phx, AZ
Suzanne Burik-Burleson
7th Heaven Studio
Piney Flats, TN
Melanie Evankovich
Gypsy Cafe
Pittsburgh, PA
Anderson Maxine
Fit by Design personal training and Yoga
Sault ste marie, MI
Kathleen Stalnaker
Ninth Wave Productions
Clara City, MN
Tyra Thomas
LIFESHAPE Image & Fitness Solutions, LLC
Oak Park, MI
Faith Pearson-McKenzie
Occasions by Venichele, Inc.
Miami Gardens, FL
Pat Matson
Paperwork Partners
Running Springs, CA
Malinda Williams
MalindaSystems, Inc.
Detroit, MI
Leah Fuss
Angel Light Productions
Anaheim, CA
kate nagle
kate nagle photography
santa rosa, CA
Barbara Gibson
Kids Shoppe
Altavista, VA
Latasha Brown
The Wedding Planners
Atlanta, GA
Derrick Nelson
Rising Tempest Productions
Lompoc, CA
Loretta Darius
NYE Enterprises, LLC
Panama City, FL
alys hansley
roll over Beethoven
cary, NC
Jerry Roegner
Troy Roegner Brands
Whitehall, PA
Jill Collins
Paddywack Palette
Hurst, TX
Jennifer Threat
Double Dutch Magazine
Astoria, NY
Cher Holton
Holton Consulting Group, Inc.
Raleigh, NC
cindy hicks
crossland store & diner
murray, KY
Laura White
Kaliedo Candy
Anchorage, AK
Donah Ollila
Donah's Passions
Charlotte, NC
Katrinia Glover
Gifted Creations
Houston, TX
Edgard Arty
MOD Enterprise
Boston, MA
Cynthia Lowery-Ford
CLF Enterprises & Value in Teen and Adult Literacy, Inc.
Suwanee, GA
Terri Petasek
Piecin' Love
Oconto Falls, WI
Brian Royce
LSSDS
Austin, TX
Mel Indra
hundehalsband
Schaan,,
Erica Davis
The Ambassador's Touch Concierge & Events, Inc.
King George, VA
Amelia Loughlin
Crossroads Coffee House
Philadelphia, PA
Shantelle Powell
Shantelle Powell Agency Inc
New York, NY
Rebecca Hampton
Royale Cafe'
Cottonwood, ID
Julie Williamson
A Good Book
Baltimore, MD
Kaya Casper
Naturally You! Magazine
Philadelphia, PA
rochelle goldsmith
Illville Entertainment
Framingham, MA
Irma Desiderio
The Costume Closet, LLC
Rye, NY
Amy Gonima
AG Reliable Medical Billing
Toa Baja, PR
Mary King
Acme Plants
Bishop, GA
J. Goosby Smith
D.L. Plummer & Associates
Malibu, CA
Honoree Pellerin
A Queen's Bath
Norfolk, VA
Wasim Muklashy
Kotori, LLC
Los Angeles, CA
Carol Shepherd
Creative Answers
Vancouver, BR
Carolyn Moncel
MotionTemps, LLC
Courbevoie, France, IL
Christi Hutchins
CH Web Design
Arlington, TX
Martella Gastel
Dorothy's Candies
White Oak, PA
Robin Richter
VirtualCherub.com, Inc.
Dover, FL
Sheryl Dolley
Persuasive Communication
Portola Hills, CA
Betsy Nelson
METRO Coffee & Wine, LLC
Sarasota, FL 34236, FL
Loren Chase
Katonah Art Center & Gallery
Katonah, NY
Jackie Herter
Deposition Services now dba Kodiak Reporting & Transcription
Kodiak, AK
Shawn Wheeler
IMAGE & EVENTS Media Consulting
Castle Rock, WA
Karen Flansburg
North Star Resort
Mio, MI
Alisian Macklin
You're On! Inc
Miami, FL
Debby Butler
Meeting and Event Connections
Rosenberg, TX
Lorraine Parrillo
Freckles' Place
Warminster, PA
Cory Schneckenburger
Bouncer Boys LLC
Dover, DE
Nathaniel Styles, Jr.
Community Builders Holistic Development Corp.
Miami, FL
Johanna McElrath
Livingston Virtual Marketing and Events Planning, LLC
Ocoee, FL
Janet Davis
J2 Gifts
Little Rock, AR
Wilson Perkowski
Spiritual Consultants and Direction for Women, LLC
Lansing, MI
Christine Brookshire
Mystic Gifts
Sacramento, CA
Karen Kerr
High Impact Exhibits
Chehalis, WA
Lisa Rodgers
Earth Conscious Interiors, LLC
Arvada, CO
Victoria Goode
TURTLE BAY L.LC.
Denver, CO
Tanjuria Anderson
CONNECT Magazine
Atlanta, GA
Nia Carter
Spread the Word
N Syracuse, NY
Harvetta Porter
Precious Jewels Child Care
Markham, IL
Jean Synodinos
Fortunate Records
Austin, TX
Tammy Pope
Pope's Services
Roseboro, NC
P Henri Gillon
infogatherer.com
Murrieta, CA
Kate Clabough
Sealost Manor
Louisville, TN
Debbie Rust
Tender Image Photography
Centerville, UT
Marcy Roan
Synthesis Consulting Group
High Point, NC
Laura Doerner
Golden Sage
Apple Valley, MN
Daniel Kemp
Daniel Kemp Photography
Frankfort, IL
Howard Rose Jr.
Entertainment Locators.com
Alvin, TX
Tammy Popchock
Training People on Physical Fitness, LLC (dba TPOP Fitness)
White Lake, MI
Christopher Burke
Morning Glory Coffee & Tea Inc.
West Yellowstone, MT
Keesha Gibson
Always Pristine, LLC
New York, NY
James Bort
Bosco's Pizzeria And Catering
Syracuse, NY
Jane Fuller
Santa Barbara Spice Company
Lompoc, CA
Judy Leshko
JTech2 LLC
Anniston, AL
JULIE MEYER
GARDENS OF DELIGHT LANDSCAPING
Sunderland, MA
Karen Webster
Flower Sense LLC
Madison Heights, MI
Gareth Mannion
SugarFree Productions LLC
southbridge, MA
Tracey Rhoney
Beans & Things Espresso
Vale, NC
Marybeth Sanchez

Duryea, PA
Jean Oswald
Compassionate Consulting
Penfield, NY
Cynthia Holder
Crosslink Transport
Austin, TX
Laura Porras
Cutie Patootie Baby
Rosemount, MN
Irene Clemente
Noble Care Solutions
Long Beach, CA
Alan Dayley
A Perfect Detail
Beaverton, OR
Tammy Williams
Phoenix Performing Ensemble
Los Angeles, CA
Ona Hardy
Ona's Gifts n More
Fairborn, OH
Jane Bogart
Share A Rainbow
Milwaukee, WI
Louise Racine Bastarache
Earth's Partner
Acushnet, MA
Tracy Douglass
Straight Up Promotional Gear
Upper Marlboro, MD
Linda Laino
Designs in Wool Felt
Richmond, VA
Ivy Leise
PDQ Farm
Clinton, ME
Rebecca Seibel-Hunt
Majestic Tree Care, Inc
Minneapolis, MN
Vance Mahan
Mahan Technolgy Design
Martinsville, IN
Avagail Hailes
Jamaican Food Store
Killeen, TX
Nicole Banton
Nickmama Productions, Inc.
Lake Mary, FL
Melody Sands
Appalachian Opportunities
Athens, OH
Patricia Greer
Take Me Magical Places
Melrose, FL
Shelley Dominguez
Homebody
El Paso, TX
Stacy Crosby
Red Lion Entertainment Corporation
Attleboro, MA
Janet Leak
WomanScope Newspaper
Baltimore, MD
Bev. Hiatt
Beverly's Cleaning Service
Marathon, FL
Iesha Holmes
EnVision Business Group
Memphis, TN
Pat Garcia
Personal Support Services
Yakima, WA
Don Martin
Blackstone Valley Outfitters Inc.
Cumberland, RI
Donnie Keith
ArmyDatabase.com
Clarksville, TN
Eula Young
Griot's Roll Film Production & Services Inc.
New York, NY
Franklin Voorhes
As Green As It Gets
New York Mills, MN
Brian Gaber
Electrnoci Guide Service, Inc.
Rhinelander, WI
elizabeth suits
The Arsenic Leopard
COLUMBIA, MO
MK Jones
The Urban Cafe, LLC
Columbus, OH
Stephanie Flores
Three Sparrows
Tempe, AZ
Mark Hall
Metro Medical Equipment Services
Marietta, GA
Janie York
Janie Lynn Textiles
Ithaca, NE
Norma Martinez-Rubin
Evaluation Focused Consulting
Pinole, CA
Nancy White
RedShoe Photography
North Mankato, MN
Beverly WIilliams
East Coast Drywall. Inc.
Brooklyn, NY
Victoria Johnson
Neighborhood Solutions
Concord, CA
Damian Martinez
CONFIDENCE IS KING LLC
lomita, CA
Christy Townzen
Kraft Outlet
Hamel, IL
Elizabeth Jacox
The Arrowrock Group, Inc. doing business as TAG Historical Research & Consulting
Boise, ID
Kristin Brahms
Crowning Touch Property Management
Los Angeles, CA
Yvonne Wilson
Ampersand Night Club
Oklahoma City, OK
Tamera Heidemann
A Tranquil Place
Horicon, WI
Donna Mosher
Segue Communications
The Woodlands, TX
Jordan Miller
Dinners-By-Design
Estero, FL
JAYPRAKASH SHUKLA
AUM INTERNATIONAL TRADING Inc.
Orange City, FL
Jona Dorso
?? Opening in May, Still working on the final name decision!!
Gardiner, ME
Janeen Jones
J and J companies
Arlington, TX
Cande Toner
Dancing Turtle Studios
Ada, MI
Stephen Colley
Integrity Lawn Care LLC
Fort Wayne, IN
Annette Burnam
Cafe Nettie's
Houston, TX
Jeaneen Burnam
Brighter Futures
Chicago, IL
Vanessa Watkins
Watkins White Glove Cleaning Service
Hamden, CT
Fontella Johnson
FARR Bookkeeping
Charlotte, NC
Reb Zwart
Professional Renewal
Merlin, OR
Daya Fisch
Breast Health Project
Pacific Grove, CA
Paul Daigle
Off Your Back Shirts
Jamaica Plain, MA
Kristen Ramirez
KB's Cookies
Fredericksburg, VA
sally grant
artside
aurora, ME
George Hunter
BlueStone Institute for Healing Arts
Valley Cottage, NY
Tomika Skanes
Industry Factor
Riverdale, GA
Nicole Gulley
TRI-Level Enterprises, Inc.
Oak Park, MI
Ronald Valdez
EventsDynamics
Candon City, MN
Amanda Roseberry
Odyssey Skate Shop
Gaylord, MI
yvonne LaRoche
Toot n Nanny Originals
Brunswick, GA
Laura Karam
Amish Country Gifts and Baskets
Lititz, PA
Sharon Prendergast
The BaSIX and Beyond
Springfield Gardens, NY
kay mccurley
LIPIZZAN CANDLES LTD
flower mound, TX
Shirley Chase
Shirley's Store
Olathe, CO
Stephanie Spencer
Disaster Corps
Tarboro, NC
michael campbell
bethpage health & relaxation center
bethpage, NY
Jennifer Brown
D.P. Tow & Recovery
Antioch, CA
Carmen Alcalde
bad dog frida, LLC
Stoughton, WI
Nickey Haywood
EllaRay-J's
Pierce, CO
Cheryl Romero
Lil' Bear Daycare
Grants Pass, OR
jeremy maendel
forefront design
Terryville, CT
Joan Clay
JJC Creative Services
Chicago, IL
Jane Saylor
Grand Scheme Press
Plymouth, MI
Eileen Cash
Springdale Farm Bed & Breakfast
Victor, NY
Elizabeth Ludyjan
Stella's European Bakery and Cafe
New Haven, CT
Felisa Ware
Stolen Moments Aromatherapy
Detroit, MI
Mike Escarcega
M.M. Consulting
Oceanside, CA
Ruth Justice
Otter Bay Wetsuits
Monterey, CA
Diana O'Brien
My Living Foods
Brighton, MI
Karen Auguste
Purple Lynx
Albany, CA
Jerri Swigart
Paws-N-Claws
Macomb, IL
Cindy O'Hara
Ouh La La Chocolat
san jose, CA
Shena Young
Working On Working, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
foua ly
s2treasures
sacramento, CA
Tee Foxx
Foxx Entertainment Group Inc.
Atlanta, GA
KARENA PARKER
SERVANTS HEART CLEANING SERVICES
TACOMA, WA
Percy Marchand
Marchand Ink
New Orleans, LA
Steve Bucci
World Wide Hosting Inc.
Austintown Twp, OH
Andrea Zeller
Mission Community Services Corp. (MCSC)
San Luis Obispo, CA
Marilynn Romano
Codys Gourmet Kitchen
Nashville, NC
Jennifer Jensen
Martial Arts Fitness World
Longwood, FL
Marcia Stearns
Bark Alley Bakery
Colorado Springs, CO
Edithlyn Burns
End of the Rainbow Learning Center
Manchester, NH
Linda rudolph
Everyday Gourmet Kitchen Specialty Store
GREEN BAY, WI
Marlene Reed
Sourire
New York, NY
Judy Enman
Arizona Concierge LLC
Glendale, AZ
Janet Moore
Ka'Ja Enterprises, LLC
Indianapolis, IN
Margaret McCarthy
Sweet Morsels Bakery
Pickerington, OH
Vicki Sylvain
Whatweoffer.com
Reading, PA
Susan Kelley
Telluride Gift Baskets
Telluride, CO
Thomas Tassi
Absolute Computer Systems LLC
Kenosha, WI
Trina Johnson
Snack Time
Albany, GA
amber clay
West End Landscaping and restoration gardens garden center
Tofte, MN
Sarah Brockmeier
K-Nannies Dog Day Care
Kettering, OH
Lisa Manyon
Write On ~ Creative Writing Services, LLC.
Lewiston, ID
Jennifer Stoll
mind-O-logy, LLC
Blue Springs, NB
Virginia Tyler Homsy
Tyler Consulting
Rochester, NY
James Campbell
Question Mark Entertainmet LLC
Charlotte, NC
Nzinga Knight
Nzinga Knight
Brooklyn, NY
Sonya Davis-Kennedy
SDK Designs
columbia, SC
John Tuohey
Taxi Town Cars, Inc.
Levittown, NY
Rory Cohen
Entelekey, Inc.
Wyncote, PA
Melinda Teed
FredBuilt Quality Construction
Eureka, MT
Kimberly Landon
Easy To Be Organized LLC
Timonium, MD
Candy Martin
Bizzy Lil' Bee's
murfreesboro, TN
B Davis
Apple Seed Associates
Claremore, OK
Wendy Carolino
Game On
Virginia Beach, VA
Sean Kilroy
OC Auction Guy
Ladera Ranch, CA
Kathy King
Tri-State Services Unlimited LLC
GARY, IN
Amanda Wayne
Bead JuJu
Charlotte, NC
Holly Piper-Smith
Second Impression Photo
Milford, DE
Laurie Ladik
Insurance Solutions & Recovery
Bowling Green, OH
Kamaria Finch
Destiny Divine Corp
New york, NY
Lamont Williams
TW Group Nation, LLC
Williamsbridge, NY
Aurora Walls
Aurora Communications
St. Paul, MN
Rochelle Ramos
Simply Weddings
San Leandro, CA
Rebecca Dias
Cactus Kate's Emporium
Winnemucca, NV
Michael Keefe
Route 28 Roadhouse
Londonderry, NH
Kathryn Watson
Relax For Success
Houston, TX
Valda Adams
Excalibur Women's Apparel
Detroit, MI
Dana Hayes
Kayla's Accounting
Riverdale, IL
Jessica Wisuri
Village Threads
Webberville, MI
Verona Forde
Triple D Entertainment
Nanuet, NY
Vonda Polite
VP Business Solutions
Laurel, MD
Shannon Wentzell
Cornerstone Arts Center (is being renamed to INDY ARTS XCHANGE)
Bargersville, IN
Camie Welch
Designs On The Side, LLC
Hampton, VA
Michael Bergman
Prospect Hill Forge
Auburndale, MA
Carolyn Britt
Executive Administrative Services
Raleligh, NC
Norman Ashley Jr.
NACITY BAIL BONDS LLC
Elmira, NY
Esther Monsalve
The Angel Shop
Austin, TX
Sherry Ugochukwu
Adaorah's PAGE (APAGE)
Spring, TX
Teresea Carson
Massage by Tess
Vancouver, WA
Bianca Killins
Hook It Up
Coconut Creek, FL

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