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Official Small Business of NASCAR Finalists Announced!

Posted by Amy in General | NASCAR

Congratulations to the two finalists in this year’s 2011 “Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot” Sweepstakes.  Two great finalists will race (vicariously via Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle) for the title this weekend at the AvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway this Sunday!

Huckleberry Pets adorns the TV panel of the #14 Office Depot Chevy of Tony Stewart. (Photo Credit: Edelman)

The finalist paired with driver Tony Stewart is Kacie Howard, owner of Huckleberry Pets in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Huckleberry Pets was started in 2010 and specializes in manufacturing comfortable, stylish and durable pet beds using orthopedic mattresses for your furry friend! They are even willing to work with interior designers to make custom beds to match the decor of a home.  Howard, an avid NASCAR fan herself, plans to use the $10,000 Office Depot makeover to help expand Huckleberry Pet’s manufacturing office in Daytona with new computers and office furniture.

“This is such a great opportunity and provides a fresh new incentive for my business. With the way the current economy is in relation to small business, there are many people who have been talking doom and gloom, so it’s nice to have something positive happen.” Kacie Howard, Huckleberry Pets.

Bales Mold Service, Inc adorns the TV panel of Greg Biffle's #16 3M Ford at Atlanta this weekend. (Photo Credit: Edelman)

Greg Biffle is paired with the other contestant, Sara Mortensen, owner of Bales Mold Services, Inc. Bales was founded in 1978represents the cutting edge of engineered coatings and finishes and continues to be at the forefront of developing new technology to service various industries.  Basically they make specialized components with special finishes for industrial applications.  Mortensen is bringing her receptionist, Cheryl Kennedy, along to Atlanta to share her VIP race experience to thank her for the hard work she did in helping her get the word out about the contest to increase the nominations Bales Mold Services, Inc. received.

“I can’t wait to take advantage of the exciting opportunities that go along with being one of the finalists. The $10,000 Office Depot makeover will be the first major step in helping me to expand my business.” Sara Mortensen, Bales Mold Services, Inc.

As finalists both Mortensen and Howard receive a$10,000 small business makeover from Office Depot and a VIP race experience this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Whichever driver finishes highest, the corresponding small business wins the title of Official Small Business of NASCAR, courtesy of Office Depot” and receives use of the Official Small Business of NASCAR logo for one year.  In addition, if either Stewart or Biffle WIN the race in Atlanta, the small business that the drivers are paired with win $1 million dollars!

“I am excited to reward small business owners for the hard work and dedication they put into taking care of business every day. Greg (Biffle), his 3M team and I are proud to have the finalists represented on our cars this weekend, especially knowing that we can deliver a $1 million prize for one lucky small business owner with a win.  It’s going to be a fight to the finish!” Tony Stewart, race car driver and team owner (and small business owner x13).

Congrats to both finalists and good luck!

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