Stephanie Behan and Bright Beginnings Childcare and Preschool LLC was the winner Thursday evening of $20,000 in prize money in the Harvey L. Golubock Bradford Business Competition.
Bright Beginnings is a brand new facility in Foster Brook scheduled to open at the end of September with an infant room, a toddler room, and a preschool program. The prize money will be used toward purchasing indoor developmental equipment for each classroom and an interactive and developmental outdoor classroom. Behan will be hiring 16 employees as part of this new venture.
Behan said, “This competition has been such a fun experience! I can’t wait to see the positive impact of our new facility in helping kids, working parents, and our team. This competition reflects the best Bradford has in supporting entrepreneurs, like myself, who are taking a risk to invest and create jobs in Bradford. I am honored to be the first-time winner and look forward to seeing the impact of this competition in our community long-term. “
The competition began with 21 initial applications and Thursday’s Live Event highlighted the Top 5 finalists with their business pitches and a Q&A session with the judges. Also vying for the prize money were Stephanie Martin and Ben Grice of South Kendall Hydroponics who plan to build a new greenhouse to increase production of their hydroponic produce, Tony Dubetsky of 4D Countertops growing his custom countertop business and adding the service of resurfacing and installing cabinets, Nick Foster of SafeTech Fire Protection who offers fire extinguisher and fire suppression system maintenance and repair as well as vent and hood cleaning for commercial kitchens, and Stephen York of York Global LLC, with a new food truck called “Streeteaters” providing healthy food selections utilizing produce grown from local micro farms.
The Bradford Area Alliance named its new competition the “Harvey L. Golubock Bradford Business Competition” in honor of and in recognition of the illustrious career and tremendous impact Harvey Golubock had in the Bradford region.
Golubock’s daughter Janis Golubock and Brian Fernandes-Halloran both spoke about Harvey Golubock.
As Brian Fernandes-Halloran said, “I am so excited that this competition is named after Harvey Golubock because he is a shining example of someone who understood that the development of a new company is about working together with people. He knew to look for the strengths and opportunities in the unique circumstances that come with launching any new venture. I cannot wait to see what comes of all the ideas presented today and to see what comes next for all of the presenters in their careers as entrepreneurs.”
The prize money awarded is a result of support from both the Blaisdell Foundation and Halloran Philanthropies. A “Harvey L. Golubock Bradford Business Competition” fund has been set up through the McKean County Community Foundation to seed future competitions for anyone who would like to further honor Harvey Golubock’s memory.