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NEW: 3 local businesses win $45,000 prize from First Horizon Bank

Griggs Designs came in second place in the First Horizon competition. (Premier Horizon Bank)

First Horizon Bank has awarded a total of $45,000 to three Birmingham small businesses. Cala coffee company, Griggs designs and Feast are the winners of Premier Horizon Back to Business Competition, designed to reward local businesses that uplift the community. Read on to find out more.

It’s time to celebrate

Cala Coffee Company NEW: 3 local businesses win $45,000 prize from First Horizon Bank
Cala Coffee Company won the first prize of $30,000. (first horizon)

The First Horizon Back to Business competition is awarding $1 million to 57 small businesses in six states. Over 140 entries were submitted from the Birmingham area and the top three winners were voted on by the public.

To enter the competition, each company submitted a photo along with an explanation of what they would do with the prize in 150 words or less.

You voted and the results are in! Here’s who won big:

  • Jackpot: Cala Coffee Company | cafe in Cahaba Heights | received $30,000
  • Second prize: Griggs Drawings | graphic design team | received $10,000
  • Third Prize: Party | local catering company | received $5,000

“Strong businesses are the cornerstone of strong communities, and championing those businesses is at the heart of everything we do. First Horizon provides capital and advice to local businesses and we look forward to working with these outstanding businesses and supporting the Birmingham community.

Alex Morton, President, Birmingham Market

And after?

Party 2 NEW: 3 local businesses win $45,000 prize from First Horizon Bank
Festive catering — third place winners. (first horizon)

Now that they have the prize money, we can expect some exciting projects from these local small businesses.

The Cala Coffee Company husband-wife duo will use their $30,000 prize money to offset construction expenses for their new brick-and-mortar cafe in Cahaba Heights, which is slated to open this summer.

“We are very grateful for First Horizon’s prize money as it allows us to create a peaceful space for people to gather and enjoy a cup of coffee. We love that we can provide delicious coffee and now we can share it with even more people in Alabama.

Josh Cosio, Owner, Cala Coffee Company

Griggs Designs, a Birmingham-based graphic design company, said in its submission statement that its prize money will be used to empower the community through various initiatives within the company.

“It’s About Us” is their new formal community outreach program where they teach young people about graphic design and empower entrepreneurs to be empowered in creating their brand. Community cleanups, business forums and financial literacy events are also in the works.

Third-place winner Feast is a company that makes restoration easy for restaurants in Birmingham. Their prize will go towards equipping their new kitchen.

“We started Feast with the dream of creating innovation for Birmingham’s restaurant industry to improve the lives of employees, restaurants and customers. We’ve had great success bringing in over a million dollars in sales to local restaurants in our first year.

Now we’re partnering with a local restaurant to build Birmingham’s first ghost kitchen designed around creating innovative ways to serve customers and creating new methods to help keep doors open for local restaurants.

Feast, in their contest submission

These businesses will continue to uplift the Birmingham community.

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