One of the great things about our local
businesses is that they like to work together. And when they work
together, big things happen. And that's how the $8,000 prize package
came to be in LocalShops1.com's Best Couple Ever Contest.
all started with a challenge by Michele Northrup of Intensity Academy,
who was the host for our third birthday bash last August. Choose a business you don't normally network with, she said, and find a way to cross-promote each other.
Jo Grassinger Bell, founder of A License to Cheat, took her up on the
challenge. She put out a call for a combo giveaway. Anyone interested in
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes ... Within hours half a dozen businesses wanted to be a part of it. And then another half-dozen, and then another.
By the time plans were complete, 20 local businesses
from all over St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Seminole and Tampa were
participating. There were $8,000 in prizes to be awarded for the Best
Finalists were chosen and they had five minutes to
wow the audience during an event March 2012 at the Art Village Courtyard in
Gulfport. It was a great night for all, a great way to see the power of
And for the winning couple, it's one day they will never forget.