ODENTON, MD — An Odenton spice maker, BoCa Flavor, is a finalist for a national small business award. The company will win a share of the $255,000 prize pool based on where it finishes among the nine other contenders.
BoCa Flavor outlasted more than 4,750 entrants to make it to the top 10. Public voting is now open to decide the winner.
Suzanne Delica and Jelece Morris, of Haitian and Jamaican descent group, founded BoCa Flavor in 2020. The partners now cook up Caribbean seasoning, bringing an island taste to kitchens around the world.
“We started our business in the middle of the pandemic when restaurant delivery orders were through the roof and many of us headed to the kitchen to try out new recipes,” Morris said in a press release. “Looking for healthy, convenient, and most importantly flavorful options nostalgic of our upbringing, we created BoCa Flavor to make Bold Caribbean flavor more accessible and diversified.”
Barclays US Consumer Bank is hosting the competition, called “Small Business Big Wins.” The contest will award:
- A grand prize of $60,000
- A second-place prize of $40,000
- A third-place prize of $20,000
- Seven runner-up prizes of $5,000 each
Voting began Wednesday, and it will last through April 22. Voters can see the finalists and cast their ballots at BarclaysSmallBizBigWins.com.
“We want to say a huge ‘Thank you’ to the people who have supported BoCa Flavor since we began and ask them to continue to support us with their vote in the Small Business Big Wins promotion,” Morris said.
Barclays will announce the winners on May 3 during National Small Business Week. The bank will also give $2,000 prizes to 50 random entrants who finished outside the top 10.
Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs of Buffalo, New York won a $50,000 grand prize in the first “Small Business Big Wins” competition in December 2020.
This year’s contest launched on Feb. 11, honoring the entrepreneurs who overcame the COVID-19 pandemic. Barclays’ Business Card team is sponsoring the contest.
“There has been a tremendous response from the small business community to share their stories of resilience and recovery,” said Nancy Parnella, Director of US Business Cards at Barclays. “We have been inspired by the many personal and deeply impactful stories submitted, and we hope these stories encourage other small business owners and aspiring business owners to keep working to make their dream a reality.”
Residents can learn more about the spice company at BoCaFlavor.com.
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