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Congratulations to the
Start Something Challenge Champions!

First Place & $10,000
Ninotchka Johnson - Top Notch By Design

Top Notch By Design is a handmade bag and accessories company. A lot of time and research is spent into the selection of fabrics used in Top Notch By Design products. A major goal is to carry bags and accessories that stand out from those that you see in major chain stores. Each item is handcrafted. Top Notch is run out of a mobile storefront called the Bus n' Boutique that specializes in private "bag parties" as well as festivals and community events.

Second Place & $7,500
Kimberly Sumpter - Wax Kandy

We create hand-poured highly scented container candles using premium quality waxes and fragrances to produce the ultimate "scentual" experience. We work in small batches to ensure that you receive a well inspected quality product. Wax Kandy candles are great for scenting any space in your home or office and can be personalized and for party favors, bridal and baby showers, fundraisers, and more! The "keepsake" collection is a unique way to memorialize a loved one. Visit us online at

Third Place & $5,000
Joanna Chmarzewska - Crazy for Italia

My company, Crazy for Italia, is the Exclusive U.S distributor of SeaBag Original Underwater. The SeaBag Original Underwater is a bag that combines fashion and utility. It protects your belongings from sand and salt, is 100% waterproof and can withstand pressures up to 15 feet under the water. It is inflatable and can be used as a cushion or as a floatation device. It comes with a belt and an optional towel of circular shape made of very soft, thin hi-tech fiber. When rolled up, it becomes the means by which to carry the bag, transforming it into shoulder bag or pouch to be tied around the waist. It is a combination of usefulness and Italian fashion!

Congratulations to the SSC Finalists!

All finalists will receive an iPad at the 3rd Annual Start Something Champions Gala to help move their business ideas forward.

Jason Hall
- JH Pestaway
(Other Professional Services)

Lenore Holz - Liberty Kite Flying Tours
(Public, Social & Health)

Dawn McLaughlin - Positively Publishing
(Arts, Crafts & Entertainment)

Ronald Mirante - Bone In

Alysis Vasquez - Chilltown Kitchen

Caley Vickerman - Guerilla Haiku Movement
(Public, Social & Health)

Chrishan Wright - WE Biz
(Other Professional Services)





Start Something Challenge Semi-finalists

Arts, Crafts & Entertainment
Jerome China - My Life is Scrap
Angela Huggins - Angel Hugs 4 All Dolls and Gifts
Cootchill Nelson - Foolish Wisdom
Stephanie Romano - TRAASH

Fashion & Beauty
Oniki Cole - Ikino Shoe Salon
Astara D'Antonio - Junk in the Trunk Thrift Store
Clarke McCarthy - 2 Great Kids
Hannia Sobrevilla - Obsidian Tusk

Charnelle Bain - Simply Elegant Events
Carissa Borraggine - Harvest Table Restaurant and Bar
Adrienne Fudge - 40 Dreams Meals Express
Vance Lavington - Not Just Cookies

Other Professional Services
Janine Berger - Twigo LLC
Rose Phillippe - Price Your Treasure
Bridget Sweetin - Sweetin Sisters
Jody Yearwood - Jody's Book Jubilee

Public, Social & Health
Birdell Fitch - Fitch Food and Alcohol Safety
Timisha Johnson - Faith Overflow Christian Ministries
Myani Lawson - Bergen-Lafayette Montessori School
Rafal Rogoza - Bike Parking Hub

The 2014 People's Choice Award

The People's Choice Award of $1,000 will be awarded at Rising Tide Capital's 2nd Annual Start Something Champions Gala on November 13, to the finalist that received the largest amount of audience votes during the Start Something Challenge Grand Finale on August 4.

Winners of the Start Something Challenge are not eligable for this award.


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