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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dragon's Den Winners

Meaford | by James Greensmith  

Fresh Gear, Natural Salts, Remedies and Portable Water among the top business ideas.

The husband and wife team of Grant and Jamie Murray came away as the big winners in the third instalment of Meaford Dragons Den.

It was a packed house at Meaford Hall on Wednesday night -- as seven hopeful entrepreneurs unveiled their business plans to five corporate dragons.

All seven people took home a share of 30 thousand dollars in cash and prizes.

Grant and Jamie showcased their "Meaford Fresh Gear" idea -- a mobile business that uses pure ozone to sanitize and deodorize stuff like hockey gear, firefighting equipment and household items.

The couple were looking for some start up cash to buy the 14 thousand dollar portable ozone unit -- and came away with more than they bargained for.

In the end -- the total package was worth about 19 thousand dollars.

That includes seven thousand dollars in start up money, a web site design package worth 52 hundred dollars, a three thousand dollar advertising package with Mix 106, and thousands of dollars worth of financial planning advice and much more.

Grant says he feels their pitch was so successful because the product has a lot of practical applications.

Coming in second place was Rachael Chapman and her line of Believe Meditation products -- which includes all natural bath salts and natural healing remedies.

She received 45 hundred dollars in start up money from the dragons, as well as a few other perks for a total package worth 73 hundred dollars.

Chapman says she feels her idea was successful because she is passionate and is already enjoying success with her products -- which are in a number of stores.

The audience choice winner was Darryl Hindle -- who scooped up 1,245 dollars to help out his Quench Buggy business.

Hindle says he got a lot of great advice from the dragons, and adds a number of audience members approached him about renting his portable water stand for upcoming events.


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