Helen Schuster was the winner Thursday evening of $20,000 in prize money in the Harvey L. Golubock Business Competition.
Schuster plans to create HMS Analytical Laboratories, a new contract laboratory to develop and test new products or optimize formulations for the mining industry, in the Bradford area. The prize money will be used toward equipment purchases, lab improvements and working capital.
Schuster stated, “My appreciation goes to the Bradford Area Alliance, sponsors and judges for selecting me and to the other finalists, as every one of them were supportive and uplifting of me and of each other during the preparations for this competition. I am very excited to be moving forward with opening a lab that will be bringing jobs to the area and look forward to further supporting STEM in McKean County.”
The competition began with 27 initial applications and Thursday’s Live Pitch 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 Zach Kipfer with Meals In No Time, a new restaurant focused on fast-casual dining with a line of ready-to-go delivered meals made from scratch; Eric Cobb with Redneck Boondocks Tree Services looking to establish a full-time company to provide expert tree services; Dan Aiello and Megan Kirsch Aiello with Surly Mustache, an successful food service business (truck) expanding to include a sit-down restaurant; and Alicia Leonard and Deanna Leonard with Rooted, a new restaurant specializing in organic, farm-to-table food in a comfortable and relaxed environment.
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.
Carolyn Newhouse, executive director of the Alliance, said, “We were honored to have Harvey’s daughter Janis Golubock participate. The prize money awarded is a result of support from the Blaisdell Foundation, Halloran Philanthropies, Northwest Bank, and Pitt-Bradford.”
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.