Full Fledged Brewery has been announced as the winner of the 2020 REV pitch competition and was awarded $5,000.
The competition, hosted by TS Bank and Advance Southwest Iowa, was held on Friday, Dec. 4, and gave small business owners the opportunity to pitch for the chance to win $10,000 to grow their business.
TS Bank originally started REV in 2015. During the first three competitions (2015-2017) the bank awarded a total of over $75,000 to the winners. TS Bank decided to bring the competition back this year and partnered with Advance Southwest Iowa to offer entrepreneurs and business owners the chance to win up to $10,000.
In total $10,000 was given out in prizes to the four winning companies.
Full Fledged Brewery (1st place, $5,000)
Full Fledged Brewing Company of Council Bluffs took the grand prize with $5,000 awarded. Owners Marshall and Dessie Redmond opened Full Fledged in 2019 as Council Bluffs first craft brewery and are truly focused on creating a community.
“We could not be more thankful and excited to receive the REV Grant,” said Dessie Redmond, in an announcement. “It’s going to ignite growth to our business and help expand our customer base into other markets. We are truly thankful to everyone involved in the process.”
The Redmonds plan to use the $5,000 in REV funds to help pay for the expenses associated with completing an initial can-line run of three of their craft beers. Offering 12 oz. cans both in their taproom and at local grocery stores will add a new revenue stream to their business and allow them to reach new customers and markets.
Tandem Works (2nd place, $2,500)
Tandem Works of Council Bluffs, Iowa was awarded the second highest prize of $2,500. Co-founders Vivian Kvam and Machaela Clark, started Tandem Works in 2019 and help business owners with their innovative ideas and passion for a clear strategy, organization while driving return on investment. They plan to use their $2,500 in REV funds to build an on-demand, online course for business owners to help them identify their brand story and create more powerful brand messaging.
P@YD Omaha (3rd place, $1,250)
P@YD Omaha, owned by Gjordon Zealand, Collin Shroeder and Ted Williams, is a company based out of Omaha, Neb., that focuses on connecting local producers to their communities’ restaurants and homes. Utilizing a temperature-controlled enclosed trailer, they will provide mobile drop off and delivery services around the Omaha metro. Their $1,250 in REV funds will be put toward front end web development and app development.
Farmhouse & Flowers (3rd place, $1,250)
Farmhouse & Flowers, owned and operated by Megan Roberts and Ann Johnk, is a floral and gift retail space in Atlantic, Iowa. They plan to use their $1,250 in REV funds to continue renovations on their existing retail space and create a custom branded interior experience for both in-person and online shoppers.
The descriptions of the companies listed above have been provided by TS Bank.