These Four Entrepreneurs Are Asking For Your Vote at Show of Hands

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

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Jay Hercules, Opossum Pouch Soft Goods

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Shelley Smedley, Wheeling Coffee and Spice

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Mindi Yarbrough, Wild Heart by Mindi

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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 

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.

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• 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