2023 Biz Challenge Logo

Congratulations to LDOT, the 2023 Carroll Biz Challenge winner!

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 12th annual Carroll Biz Challenge!

The Biz Challenge showcases local entrepreneurs and gives them the exciting opportunity to pitch their new business ideas, to make great connections, get loads of publicity, and compete for a $10,000 cash prize (plus additional prizes worth thousands more), the $2,023 People’s Choice Award, and the $5,000 United Way of Central Maryland Changemaker Challenge Award.

See the Five Finalists pitch their ideas on stage at the Live Finale on August 3 at 5:00 PM at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster, MD!

But first, meet the contestants at the Biz Challenge Meet & Greet.

We’ll have food and adult beverages and each of the applicants will have 60 seconds to give a pitch.

Thursday, June 8
6:00 – 8:00 PM
At the TownMall of Westminster

We’ll meet in the common area outside of Dicks Sporting Goods, next to the food court. The best way to get there is to enter the mall through the RC Theater entrance.


The Process


February 7 – May 31
Submit your business idea through our simple application portal.
The application period is now closed.

Meet & Greet

June 8, 6-8 PM
Meet the other contestants, the judges and the sponsors. Appetizers and drinks generously provided my the TownMall of Westminster. 
Come to the Meet & Greet!

5 Finalists Chosen

The advisory committee embarks on the always-grueling task of choosing only five finalists from all the contestants. 

The Live Finale

August 3, 5 PM
The five finalists take the stage and pitch their ideas The audience votes for the $2,023 People’s Choice Award and the judges deliberate and choose the grand prize winner. 

The Judges

Jason Stambaugh

Jason Stambaugh is the founder and creator of the Carroll Biz Challenge. Since 2010 he has been leading teams to develop and scale enterprise software platforms serving customers in the education, retail, and financial services sectors. He has served as the Director of Partner Experience at DTS Connex, a local tech company transforming daily cash operations for major retailers, restaurants, and banks since 2017.

Based in Westminster, Maryland, Jason has had the opportunity to serve on local non-profit boards and work with community members to launch a variety of local initiatives including Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC). He serves as a Council Member on the McDaniel College Entrepreneurship Advisory Council, a Member of Carroll Hospital Foundations Young Leaders Group, and a Trustee at Hey Westminster.

Kim Fernandez

Kim Fernandez is the heart and CEO of GIRLKIN Lashes, a chain of luxury eyelash extension salons!  In 2018, Kim opened her flagship location in Pikesville, MD.  Within 3 years, she expanded her reach by opening 3 more locations in the DMV area. 

True to her brand, she is driven to empower others and create leaders in this industry. Kim has taken her business blueprint and developed a successfully proven franchise program, with the first franchise salon opening in 2021 in Georgia.  Through this program, franchisees have endless opportunities to grow themselves as leaders with the GIRLKIN brand.

GIRLKIN's mission is to provide an unmatched experience with gorgeous lashes and unbeatable customer service in a glamorously luxurious environment. 

Steve Moore

Steve Moore is the owner of Run Moore, a specialty running shop located in Westminster. Steve was the winner of the Carroll Biz Challenge in 2014, just after he opened his store.

Since opening, Run Moore was twice named a Top Running Store in America and moved to a larger, Main Street location.

In addition to working in running, Steve can often be found running the trails with his friends or spending time with his wife and two kids. 

Deb Cancro

Debra Cancro is SVP of Data Products at Bigtincan where she is responsible for developing innovative capabilities to help customers leverage the value of their data. She joined Bigtincan via the acquisition of her AI startup, VoiceVibes, which she founded in 2012 to help people be more effective communicators.

Prior to VoiceVibes, Debra was the founder of Autonomy Engine, LLC, which developed autonomous control systems software. She has over 15 years of marketing and management experience at both startups and Fortune 500 companies. Her background includes product marketing for the Bluetooth and HDMI product lines at the Broadcom Corporation (BRCM) and Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Labs as well as being a stay-at-home mom for 7 years. 

The 2023 Finalists

The automated Nespresso of food.

Entrepreneur: Maxwell Wieder

A dynamic new nonprofit serving both the minority and underserved communities of Carroll County.

Entrepreneur: Billy Live

A brand that promotes simple changes to everyday habits that allow a vast wealth of health benefits.

Entrepreneurs: Justin Moser, Alex Stranko, Ethan Sussman, Travis Moseley, Jake Fisher

An agricultural service providing turnkey beekeeping solutions including honey bee hive installation and maintenance.

Entrepreneur: Laith Nichols

Building technology that opens the eyes of blind people by allowing them to quickly and confidently navigate their surroundings.

Entrepreneur: Derrick Day and Emily Brynes

The 2023 Applicants


ConectandoUs provides the Hispanic community a foundation of connection which fosters an inclusive network of resources.


HiiveCo is an agricultural service providing turnkey beekeeping solutions including honey bee hive installation and maintenance.


KleenUp is a marketplace for on-demand, a la carte cleaning services.


BraidsElevated is a hair business that helps to enhance the beauty of its customers through braids that are sure to standout.

East Coast Digital Media

East Coast Digital Media is an exceptional digital marketing agency that specializes in creating captivating business content, expertly crafting your narrative in 15 seconds or less and leveraging the power of social media to amplify your business's success.


My business opens the eyes of blind people by allowing them to quickly and confidently navigate their surroundings.

The Naked Embrace

I create unique health conscious and eco friendly home fragrance products.


ReDorm is an app/website that connects students who need products with those who are downsizing, preventing perfectly adequate items from going to waste.

What A Day Cafe, LLC

WHATADAY Cafe is Carroll county's first drive thru, locally owned, locally sourced coffee shop serving gourmet espresso beverages, baked goods, salad and sandwiches.


Self Publisher of my novel Life on Lust’s terms, author of literature and photography.

humanbeingla a DBA of Ferrill Life Coaching

Humanbeingla is a business that is built to answer the desperate call of those who live with the aching feeling that they need help, but do not know where to go or how to begin.

Mclean's Assisted Living

Mclean's Assisted Living is a startup company in Carroll County that will own and operate in-residence assisted living facilities offering personalized care based on each individuals needs.

Weezee's Ride & Delivery Services

Weezee’s is the only grassroots ride and delivery service in Carroll County that caters to both businesses and individuals alike!


As a professional artist, I have more talent than time or money at the present moment; but want to give back to the community by selling my artwork on various substrates to raise funds for local & national charities.

CARROLL Artsin Showcase

A place for people to come and shop all Local made products and to join in a workshop.

J. K. Viers Author

J. K. Viers is a Westminster prolific writer who could launch worldwide sales with more investment capital.

Bio-Magnetic PairTherapy

Bio-Magnetic PairTherapy is a paradigm-shift, holistic approach to Wellness which utilize medium intensity magnets placed on specific locations with the correct North or South polarity.

Kaye Weaver VO LLC

I am a Voice Actor providing Voice Over services in Commercial, Animation, Podcast, E-Learning, and more!

Carroll 3D Manufacturing Technologies

Provide Custom Designs and builds for components and parts as well as finished products using 3D manufacturing techniques and manufacturing.

Patapsco Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine

Patapsco Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine offers alternative, drug and surgery free solutions for people (particularly seniors and veterans) suffering from chronic pain when all else has failed.

Battle Ready Wellness

To empower others to become the healthiest versions of themselves with proper nutrition and holistic wellness, and in turn feel empowered to guide others through the same.


I help women optimize brain health and reduce dementia risk by addressing root causes and creating therapeutic partnerships.

Find Your Purpose Inc.

Find Your Purpose is a dynamic new nonprofit serving both the minority and underserved communities of Carroll County.

Nutrition Coaching 4U, LLC

Nutrition Coaching 4U helps people lose weight, manage blood sugar or eat healthier by providing coaching and unique tools for long lasting habits of success.

Don Haas Drone Photography and Video

I will provide drone photography and video to supplement my photography business.

Bong Appetite

We are the first of our kind, providing medicinal value, entertainment and amazing cuisine through the use of cannabis infused cooking.

heart of main cafe and bakery

A place where community is created, community gathers, community supports, and community shares.

Nurse Lynx Inc

We simplify healthcare staffing by providing a cloud based solution that allows for seamless schedule management.

Alpha Bravo First Aid

Share Hope through Art, under the Community Foundation of Carroll County

Share Hope through Art is an innovative suicide prevention program.

Dental Desires

Dental Desires is the perfect choice for those who want to take care of their teeth without sacrificing flavor.

Celcy Technologies

Celcy - The automated Nespresso of food.

A&M Smoked Meats

We are a usda artisan style smoked meat company

Pack'd Kitchen LLC

Pack'd Kitchen LLC is designed to be your personal chef

Good Time Health

We're a brand that promotes simple changes to everyday habits that allow a vast wealth of health benefits.

Apply. Pitch. Win.