Greenville entrepreneurs awarded $30,000 to start businesses

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Some local entrepreneurs have been awarded $30,000 in grants to help jump start their business plans.

Art and Sole is a planned sneaker shop and gallery that focuses on the design and artwork used when creating sneakers.

They were awarded $10,000 in the 2017 Greenville Small Business Plan Competition.

The Whirligig Stage is a planned performing arts venue that will host everything from comedy nights to kids performances. It was awarded $20,000.

The contest is aimed at spurring growth in the center city and west Greenville redevelopment areas.

Staff at the Pitt Community College Small Business Center helped both groups develop their business plans and say that small business growth is important to Greenville's future.

"It's also very inspiring for people to see that you can take something, you can take an idea and build upon that and create your own business," says Shareen Berkowitz, PCC's small business counselor. "I think it's just so important for the community."

Aspiring business owners can receive free business plan assistance at PCC by appointment.