Glinda Girls Inc.

June 04, 2009 09:00 ET

Glinda Girls Inc.: Search Begins for the Next Big Business Idea With 'Pitchfest'

Glinda Girls Inc. Launch "Are You the Next Glinda Girl?" Pitchfest boasting a $30,000 Business Booster Prize Package

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 4, 2009) - Glinda Girls Inc., a Calgary-based event producer and e-boutique of beauty and lifestyle brands, has kicked off its search for the next big business idea with the "Are You the Next Glinda Girl?" Pitchfest. The winner will walk away with a $30,000 Business Booster Prize Package to help the budding entrepreneur.

"We are looking for five finalists to present their big business ideas at The Business of Bliss event taking place on October 5, 2009, at the TELUS Convention Centre," said Kari Dunlop, founder of Glinda Girls™. "All ideas are welcome - whether you're a business owner, an artist, a nanny, a philanthropist or even the next Oprah. We're looking for the next big idea to inspire the world."

Twenty semi-finalists will be selected on August 5, 2009. Those 20 semi-finalists will then be required to provide a business plan, marketing plan, financing scenario and product samples by August 17, 2009. From there, five finalists will be selected on September 15, 2009, to present their big ideas on October 5, 2009, in front of a panel of judges who "walk the talk" of the Glinda Girl. Judges include:

- Anastasia Soare, beauty expert to the stars and creator of Anastasia Beverly Hills (www.anastasia.net). Her products can be found at all Sephora, and soon to be launching at The Bay retail locations. As seen in O, The Oprah Magazine, InStyle and Us Weekly magazines, her list of loyal clients includes Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez and Faith Hill to name a few!

- Maureen Kelly, creator of the popular cosmetics line tarte™ (www.tarte.com) that proves glamour can be good for you with natural ingredients. Famous fans include Rachel Bilson, Carrie Underwood and Denise Richards; Maureen's best-selling products have graced magazines such as O, The Oprah Magazine, People, Vogue and Glamour.

- Danielle LaPorte, the outspoken voice behind www.WhiteHotTruth.com gives one-on-one tough love and ROI advice to women entrepreneurs on a weekly basis and writes daily about self-realization. A former think tank exec, and lead author of the bestseller Style Statement: Live By Your Own Design, Danielle has been featured in Elle, Vogue Australia, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, and Entertainment Tonight.

- Pamela Fink is the creator of good charma bracelets worn by celebrities such as Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore, Madonna, Maria Shriver, Selena Gomez, and Miley Cyrus (www.goodcharma.com). Her spiritual yet edgy jewellery has been featured in People, InTouch and the NYTimes style pages.

- Lisa Levin, creator of Pharmacopia (www.pharmacopia.net), the highly successful natural and organic bodycare line as seen in O, The Oprah Magazine, Vogue and People. Celebrity fans include Alicia Silverstone, Marcia Cross and Amy Smart; her products are now available at all Chapters and Indigo stores across Canada.

- Candice Graf, president of Homerun Investments/Homerun International and TV personality of Makin' Stupid Money (www.homeruninvestments.com and www.homerun-international.com). Her belief in helping others led her to launch one of the most unique Real Estate mentoring programs in North America that teaches thousands of individuals how to pay off their mortgage in half the time and build the retirement they deserve.

- Sara Happ is the creator of the lip scrub ™ and lip slip™ cult beauty brands (www.sarahapp.com), which are sold in over 20 countries world wide. Featured on The Today Show, in O, The Oprah Magazine, InStyle and many more. Celebrity fans include Reese Witherspoon, Ashley Simpson and Jennifer Lopez.

To Dunlop, the next Glinda Girl will encompass "a dream to live, a passion to pursue and a difference to make."

"She turns stumbling blocks into stepping stones, loves a fabulous pair of shoes but, more importantly, knows how to walk the talk. She's a trailblazer and paves the way for others to follow in her footsteps to fulfill their dreams," said Dunlop.

The $30,000 Business Booster Prize Package includes: membership to a year long advisory board with mentoring services from Powerhouse International Inc., strategic and creative counsel with Debra Stuart Marketing, logo development and design with Admaki, copywriting services with The Word Agency, Life and Financial coaching with a Martha Beck coach, Entrepreneurial Jam Session with Danielle LaPorte, professional makeup sessions with artist Karen Malcolm, new clothes and shopping experience with personal stylist Karen Judge of Studio Gorgeous, video production services courtesy of BizBox TV and Deluxe Design Group, a notebook computer from Bulletproof InfoTech and Dell, a public relations strategy session with award-winning PR firm Brookline Public Relations, and more!

Deadline for 'Pitchfest' submissions is June 30, 2009. For contest rules and additional information, please visit www.GlindaGirls.com.

About "Are You the Next Glinda Girl?" Pitchfest

Glinda Girls Inc. is looking for the next big business idea with the "Are You the Next Glinda Girl?" Pitchfest, a contest open to women who have a brilliant idea that will inspire the world. Twenty semi-finalists will be selected August 5, 2009. Five finalists will then be selected on September 15, 2009 to present their big idea on October 5, 2009 in front of an impressive roster of judges. A $30,000 Business Booster Prize Package is up for grabs, along with the opportunity to become an official Glinda Girl. Entry fee is $250 and includes a ticket to The Business of Bliss event with net proceeds donated to kiva.org. 'Pitchfest' is proudly sponsored by Entrepreneurial Moms of Calgary.

About The Business of Bliss

Designed to inspire women to discover their purpose, live their passion and create a life they love, The Business of Bliss is a full-day inspirational speaker series event featuring internationally acclaimed speakers such as Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City, Trading Up, Lipstick Jungle and One Fifth Avenue; Martha Beck, New York Times best-selling author and columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine; Brilliance Specialist and psychotherapist Moreah Ragusa; and Peter Walsh, organizational guru from TLC's Clean Sweep and New York Times best-selling author of How to Organize Just About Everything and Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat. Walsh is also a regular guest on the Oprah show and can be heard weekly on The Peter Walsh Show on the Oprah & Friends XM radio network.

For tickets and additional information, please call 1.866.944.0455 or visit www.GlindaGirls.com.

About Glinda Girls Inc.

Glinda lives within all women. She is the part of us that has a dream to accomplish, a passion to pursue and a difference to make. Inspiring women across the country, Glinda Girls Inc.™ created an online boutique (www.GlindaGirls.com) where visionary, entrepreneurial women can showcase their beauty and lifestyle brands as well as share their stories of success. Some of these acclaimed brands include DuWop, cake™ Beauty and Anastasia Beverly Hills. Glinda Girls Inc.-the creators of cool and purveyors of possibility-celebrates their innovation, respects their triumphs, admires their entrepreneurship and loves their products. Founder Kari Dunlop hopes their stories inspire your desire to create your own road to a happy, rewarding life that you love!

Contact Information