The big check for Collar City Candle

startup grant 2016 check presentation

From left to right: Mary Darcy from AOA, Justin Priddle from Berkshire Bank (which provided $1,000 of the prize money), Josh and Jamie Wallbank, Dan Ciampino of Staff Ciampino, and Tom Tongue of the Tech Valley Center of Gravity.

Let's face it: One of the reasons we do the Startup Grant is because of the big check.

The winners of this year's AOA Startup Grant competition -- Josh and Jamie Wallbank of Collar City Candle -- was awarded the big, giant prize check Thursday at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity. (Josh and Jamie also got an actual, regular size check in the mail.)

Collar City Candle will be using the $2,500 prize pay for expenses related to incorporation, trademark, and copyright for its growing business.

Thank you this year's contest sponsors: CDPHP, Staff Ciampino & Company P.C., Certified Public Accountants, The Tech Valley Center of Gravity, The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region, The College of Saint Rose, and Berkshire Bank.

Comments

And their candles smell divine!

Congratulations! Love these candles! Great people, a joy to see at the Troy Farmer's Market.

Congratulations to them! Their candles are great and its always a pleasure to see them at the various markets. Very friendly folks. Wishing them lots of success!

Outstanding! I'm going out to buy a bunch of candles tomorrow to celebrate!!!

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

Thank you!

When we started AOA a decade ago we had no idea what was going to happen. And it turned out better than we could have... (more)

Let's stay in touch

This all feels like the last day of camp or something. And we're going to miss you all so much. But we'd like to stay... (more)

A few things I think about this place

Working on AOA over the past decade has been a life-changing experience for me and it's shaped the way I think about so many things.... (more)

Albany tightened its rules for shoveling snowy sidewalks last winter -- so how'd that work out?

If winter ever gets its act together and drops more snow on us, there will be sidewalks to shovel. And shortly after that, Albany will... (more)

Tea with Jack McEneny

Last week we were fortunate enough to spend a few minutes with Jack McEneny -- former state Assemblyman, unofficial Albany historian, and genuinely nice guy.... (more)

Recent Comments

My three year old son absolutely loving riding the train around Huck Finn's (Hoffman's) Playland this summer.

Thank you!

...has 27 comments, most recently from Ashley

Let's stay in touch

...has 4 comments, most recently from mg

A look inside 2 Judson Street

...has 3 comments, most recently from Diane (Agans) Boyle

Everything changes: Alicia Lea

...has 2 comments, most recently from Chaz Boyark

A few things I think about this place

...has 13 comments, most recently from Katherine