Two St. George startup businesses, Auto Repair Match.com and Monster Mouthguards will each take away $5,000 awarded by SEED (Stimulating the Expansion of entrepreneurial Development) Dixie to help them launch their new eMarketing campaigns.
According to SEED Dixie Analyst Rusty Lee, 22 start-up and existing enterprises submitted applications including their management expertise, business models and the emarketing strategies they believe will help them gain traction in the marketplace. Four finalists were selected to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges with marketing expertise representing the Business Resource Center, the St. George Chamber, SCORE and the Outlier Labs.
AutoRepairMatch.com was founded by Marvin Ray, an experienced mechanic who has spent over 25 years running his own businesses as well as training thousands of auto technicians across the U.S. for companies such as Big O Tires. “Marv’s sales skills and connections are phenomenal,” said Jared Goodspeed, USTAR analysts who is working with Ray.
The AutoRepairMatch services include a connector that can be plugged into a vehicle, an app that helps read the vehicle’s problems and a call center of experienced mechanics that can help diagnose problems, refer vehicle owners to reputable repair centers along with an appropriate repair cost. The service is sold as a yearly subscription. “Over sixty percent of vehicle owners fear being ripped off in their repair costs,” Ray said. “Our process and net work of seasoned mechanics help assure people and save them money.” Learn more about Autorepairmatch.com at their website www.autorepairmatch.com
Monster Mouthguards, founded by dental lab technician Brain Stanger and entrepreneur Matt Arrington, provides semi-custom mouthguards with unique designs for everyone seeking to preserve their teeth while playing contact sports. According to Arrington, Monster Mouthguards was created to bridge the much needed gap between expensive, fully custom mouthguards to cheap, less effective boil and bite mouthguards. “We have created a beautiful, self formed design, made in the United States and of the latest materials, that have been scientifically proven to significantly reduce the chance of injuries and are 140% more protective than regular mouthguards and mouthpieces,” Arrington said.
Both companies have atrategies that employ enhanced web sites,mobile app use and you tube videos in integrated plans. SEED Dixie and USTAR (Utah Science, Technology and Research Initiative). who are committed to diversifying the economy by assisting companies who have the potential to create higher paying jobs in southwest Utah will assist in coaching the winners.
To learn more about the missions of SEED Dixie and USTAR, please visit www.brcdixie.com.