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J Bar Meats wins 2019 Business Plan Competition

Post Date:11/20/2019 9:31 AM

J Bar Meats, a startup specialty meats company, has won the 2019 San Angelo Business Plan Competition and the panel of independent judges have awarded its top prize of $40,000 in cash. 

Owned and operated by Jack and Kim Graves, who have 15 years experience in wild game processing, J Bar Meats specialize in smoked meats, specialty items and aged prime steaks. They also offer wholesale meat processing for commercial customers which includes jerky, sausage and steaks. 

The competition included a two-page business overview, a draft business plan and an in-person presentation to a panel of judges. There were a total of 30 entrepreneurs who entered this year’s contest, which was open to local startups and existing businesses wishing to expand. 

A business plan is a comprehensive document that offers an organized view of a specific business expansion or startup idea. Plans should reflect the vision of a market opportunity and serve as a blueprint for developing the proposed business. 

Ranch Road Boots, a direct-to-consumer digitally native footwear brand, won the second-place prize of $20,000. Ranch Road Boots is owned and operated by Sarah Ford, a former Marine Corps captain who served almost five years in the logistics field, deploying three times to Iraq and Afghanistan. Ranch Road Boots targets men and women fashion boot wearers with a fashion-forward cowboy vibe. They also sell military shoes and boots.

The third-place winner, Old Central Firehouse Bed & Brew, will use its $10,000 prize to grow its operations. The owners, Jody and Michele Babiash, plan to set themselves apart from traditional eateries in the San Angelo area by adding a unique, one-of-a-kind pizzeria and taproom to the Firehouse.

The City of San Angelo Development Corporation, which administers the half-cent sales tax for economic development, funded the $70,000 in cash prizes. Winners also get in-kind rewards and may be eligible to apply for The Business Factory incubator program. 

Advisers from the Angelo State University Small Business Development Center and students from the ASU Norris-Vincent College of Business aided entrants in drafting the plans. 

The competition was coordinated by COSADC, ASU SBDC and ASU Norris-Vincent College of Business.