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Townies Pizza and Fernandina Mulch and Stone Named Finalists in Jaguars Small Business Breakthrough Challenge

Sep 28, 2015 02:00AM
The Jacksonville Jaguars and web.com recently launched the “Small Business Breakthrough Competition,” in which local businesses competed for a sponsorship with the Jaguars and a digital makeover from web.com. The grand prize package, which was awarded to Modasten, had a value of over $250,000.

Out of nearly 500 entrants, nine finalists were chosen to represent their business in front of a panel of judges to vie for the grand prize. Two of the nine finalist contestants were Nassau County’s very own: John Seifert from Townies Deli and Pizza, and Mike Zaffaroni from Fernandina Mulch and Stone.

Contestants in the “Small Business Breakthrough” were asked to complete a questionnaire about their business and submit an optional video detailing what they would do if they won the grand prize. The nine finalists advanced to represent their business in a “Shark Tank”-style presentation in front of judges which included Jaguars Owner Shad Khan, Jaguars President Mark Lamping, and web.com’s CEO David Brown.

The grand prize winner, Modasten, Inc., is a Jacksonville company that makes sunglasses out of recycled skateboards. The winner was announced during the Jaguars’ winning preseason game on Friday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.