When small businesses work together, all of a sudden really big things happen.
And that's exactly what happened, how the $8,000 Best Couple Ever contest came to be.
It all started with a post on Facebook. Billie Jo Grassinger, owner of A License to Cheat diet
and health products, was looking for more ways to reach the bridal
market, and she thought it would be cool to have a cross-promotion with
another local business.
She posted on the LocalShops1 Bizmembers
page, a private group on Facebook, asking if anyone wanted to brainstorm
ways to work together.
Someone suggested a quickie Facebook contest to give away a couple prizes to one lucky bride.
soon more and more people jumped in, offering to give prizes for the
contest: a blanket to snuggle up with; a year's worth of hot sauces, to
keep the marriage spicy; gift certificates for jewelry and makeup. The
prize list kept growing: a custom-designed wedding gown and tux!
Catering for the bridal shower AND rehearsal dinner!
Next time Billie Jo looked on Facebook, there were thousands of dollars worth of prizes being given away.
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Fast-forward to now, and 20 local businesses have banded together
to organize an amazing community event, one in which more than $8,000
in prizes will be given away. Now 20 local businesses are working
together, cross-promoting each other, showing us all that by working
together, we all win.
Four finalist couples have been selected. One will be chosen at a special event 4:30-7
pm Sunday, March 11, at the Art Village Courtyard, 2908 Beach Blvd. in
Gulfport. The guests will vote for the winner. Admission to the Evening in the Courtyard is
free. The event includes free chair massages, free appetizers courtesy
of Yummy's and T and Me, and many surprises.
Absolutely Beautiful Flowers
A License to Cheat
Country Harvest Crafts Studios
Funky White Boy- DJ Service
Industrial Arts Center
Island Flavors And Tings
Kozy Kazual Wears
Makeup & Hair by Monique
Mobile Day Spa Creations
Stella and Dot Independent Stylist Shannon Gryde
T and Me
The House of Renee Originals
Three Birds Tavern
Your Fondant Memories