Congratulations, finalists!
Civilian Ballistic Defense – Steve & Anna Cooper
Civilian Defense Technologies is a new start-up company that will be based in Wichita Falls and currently has a patent pending on a stadium seat that was developed by Steve & Anna Cooper which converts to a ballistic plate carrier much like the ones used by Law Enforcement. The seat can be used as a vest or a shield to shelter in place or if you are forced to rush an attacker, to provide protection until you make contact with the shooter. The basic Level II A will stop up to six rounds from a .44 magnum and the Level III will stop pu to six rounds of.308. The seat is intended for use as a regular stadium seat but can convert to a vest or shield in under 30 seconds.

Handcrafted Modern Charm – Jessica & Phylisia Kenner
Handcrafted Modern Charm, is a Pinterest-inspired handcrafted decor, gift, and accessory business with a focus on modern styles with a twist of rustic charm. One of Handcrafted Modern Charm’s primary focuses is to connect with their customers through creativity. The company has three ways to achieve this goal: Sell handcrafted items at local retail locations and websites; Instruct trending, Pinterest-inspired, DIY classes; Youth monthly craft subscription boxes. Handcrafted Modern Charm’s vision is to inspire creativity through simplicity. We believe that with Handcrafted Modern Charm’s predesigned classes and monthly subscription boxes, anyone can have the opportunity to unleash their inner-artist and get creative.

Herd Connect – Alan & Leslie Schaffner
Herd Connect is a customizable web-based cattle management system. It allows ranchers to monitor and update cattle operations, pasture placements, and animal histories, through a smart phone app or office computer, regardless of location. Herd Connect is available through a monthly subscription fee and can be easily expanded, making it an efficient tool for herds of 10 to over 1000 animals. The system also provides ranchers an opportunity to purchase ranch related health and equipment items to maximize profitability. Herd Connect is designed to be a rancher’s best friend—From Pasture to Payday.

NuYu Teeth Whitening – Dane Rodriguez
NuYu Teeth Whitening was established in Wichita Falls, TX in 2010 by veteran and 14 year resident Dane Rodriguez. Since inception, NuYu Teeth Whitening has had the privilege to offer thousands of clients a brighter smile. NuYu Teeth Whitening primarily focuses on business to business sales consisting of salons, spas, and dentists. NuYu Teeth Whitening is proud to offer its teeth whitening products in over 150 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. NuYu Teeth Whitening has become an industry leader in teeth whitening, offering safe, effective, and affordable teeth whitening. NuYu is proud to be a part of the community.

The Burn Shop – Keith & Ivonne Wineinger
Founded in 2016 by Keith Wineinger, The Burn Shop is a family owned and operated business located in Wichita Falls, Texas. With their state of the art CNC plasma table and a wealth of creativity, The Burns Shop has the capability to cut a variety of metal designs. From customized grill grates for outdoor cooking lovers, to large-scale signage for brick and mortar businesses, or even simple decorative cutouts, they take pride in turning their customers’ ideas into reality. Keith runs the shop, while his wife Ivonne takes care of the finances and marketing. Together they make sure the business runs smoothly while ensuring 100% customer satisfaction.

Xylo Bats, LLC – Leland Wetzel & Ross Harrison
Xylo Bats is a Christian-based wood baseball bat company located in Wichita Falls, TX. From the wood quality to the stain color, our bats only use the best, assuring that your wood bat is the highest quality on the market. Whether you are a 6 year old just beginning baseball, a professional baseball player, or just a baseball fan, we have you covered! With our fully customized bats, you can design the bat you have always dreamed of. To learn more, visit