by Diane VanDyke
Matthew Chalal, one of Montgomery County Community College’s first business incubator clients, is ready to launch his product with Walmart—all he needs is your vote.
Chalal, CEO and owner of Banner Industries LLC, is the creator of Flashcar—a fun, educational board game that helps children improve their fundamental math skills while they race their cars around the track to the finish line.
Chalal, who has been growing his entrepreneurial skills in the College’s business incubator since 2010, recently entered Flashcar into a contest sponsored by Walmart called, “Get on the Shelf.” As part of the contest, he created and uploaded a promotional video featuring Flashcar on Walmart’s contest website, where viewers can watch and vote for their favorite product.
To view and vote for Flashcar, visit www.getontheshelf.com/product/1360/Flashcar. The first round of voting is from March 7 through April 3. The top 10 products from the first round will be eligible for the second round of voting from April 11 through April 24 to determine the top three products. You can also help spread the word by sharing the link on Facebook and Twitter.
The final winning products will be eligible for featured placement on Walmart.com, and the grand prize winner with the most votes will garner a spot on Walmart store shelves. Winners will also receive free marketing support and advice on how to increase the production scale of their products.
The support services offered at the College’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES) business incubator have fostered the growth of several businesses started by its entrepreneur clients since its opening in August 2010. The CES provides free marketing and legal guidance from practicing professionals in those fields. Small Business Association and SCORE representatives also offer free business counseling onsite.
Additionally, the incubator provides furnished office space with computer and office equipment at the reasonable rate of $250 per month to help new entrepreneurs direct their funds into their businesses instead of their overhead costs.
For more information about the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies or the business incubator, contact CES Director Ayisha Sereni at 215-461-1140.
To learn more about Flashcar, visit www.kids-learninggames.com.