Next week, four local entrepreneurs will take the stage in the hopes of receiving more than $4,000 to support their business at the next Show of Hands. Each business owner will have four minutes to make a pitch to the audience, explaining how additional funding through Show of Hands would positively impact their business and the community. The audience will then cast their votes, and the person with the most votes will take home the top prize.
Get to know the latest round of Show of Hands finalists by checking out these videos created by the Wheeling Heritage Media team, and don’t forget to mark your calendars for April 17!
Helen Bradley, The IDEA Center[template_part type="video" title="The IDEA Center" description="The IDEA Center is a tutoring and learning center located at 413 Warwood Avenue in Wheeling that offers one-on-one, group and remote tutoring to students of all ages throughout the Ohio Valley. " url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud2NSSqlW1c"]
Jay Hercules, Opossum Pouch Soft Goods[template_part type="video" title="Opossum Pouch Soft Goods" description="Opossum Pouch Soft Goods is an outdoor sporting goods maker that can best be described as an artisanal soft goods manufacturing business. " url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9isJqiBgEE"]
Shelley Smedley, Wheeling Coffee and Spice[template_part type="video" title="Wheeling Coffee & Spice" description="Established in 1896, Wheeling Coffee & Spice has been a staple in Downtown Wheeling for those in need of a little caffeine pick-me-up." url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axcYZgskp_w"]
Mindi Yarbrough, Wild Heart by Mindi[template_part type="video" title="Wild Heart by Mindi" description="As an advocate for the healing, therapeutic, and transformational powers of art-making, Mindi hopes to bring more creative options to the community through a gallery space, classes, and public art. " url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDei2QjQF2g"]
Don’t miss the big night next week on Monday, April 17 at the Wheeling Artisan Center (1400 Main Street). Doors open at 6 p.m., with presentations beginning at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring $5 cash for their opportunity to vote. Those who can’t attend in person can watch the live-streamed event and vote online at wheelingheritage.org.
To date, Show of Hands has awarded more than $111,000 to support small businesses and projects in Wheeling. This program is generously funded by Orrick, our corporate sponsor, and our Friends of Show of Hands. Orrick donates $1,000 to each Show of Hands while our Friends of Show of Hands contributes $250 to each event. Friends of Show of Hands includes Brian Joseph- Touchstone Research Laboratory, Warwood Armature, Kennen & Kennen Realtors, H. Lawrence Jones and Sue Blevins, Rabbi Joshua Lief & Rebecca Lief, Sikora Montessori, Bridgeway Capital, Will and Tracey Turani, Dan and Debbie Joseph, Wheeling VW-Subaru, FXB and Barb & Fuzz LaRue.
Learn more at wheelingheritage.org/show-of-hands.
• Wheeling Heritage Media creates a variety of multimedia experiences in order to tell Wheeling’s story, both past and present. Through videos, podcasts, photos, and more, they create content and provide digital access to help more people feel connected and engaged with this vibrant, growing community