First place - Terranean Herbs and Spices. Second place - CHVD Justin, Fuego Fermentations and Micah Specialty Foods. Your season 5 winners of CCR!♬ original sound - gcpartnership2004
Season 5 Winners Announced: 12/16/2022
The winners were announced Friday morning live at Tower City on “Kickin’ it with Kenny” on FOX 8 News. The atmosphere was festive as confetti flew and competitors showed of their wares and shared samples at booths set up on the mall’s lower level. The first-place winner received $40,000, and three second-place winners will get $10,000 each.
Terranean Herbs & Spices, maker of authentic Za’atar seasonings and snack products
- CHVD JUSTIN, a retail bag and apparel company designed by a student in his dorm room
- Fuego Fermentations, creator of high-quality premium sauces, specializing in fermented hot sauces and BBQ sauce
- Micah Specialty Foods, a manufacturer of authentic Ghanaian/African spices, sauces and beverages.
Full Press Release: Here
Join us live on IG @ gcpartnerships as we announce the Season 5 winners of CCR with Fox 8 Kenny Crumpton's "Kickin' it with Kenny" -- showtime at 7am.♬ original sound - gcpartnership2004
Final Cleveland Chain Reaction 2022 Pitch Days
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The Cleveland Chain Reaction (CCR) project is produced by the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) in collaboration with JumpStart and is featured on FOX 8’s “Kickin' it with Kenny” morning show. This year's program is made possible by our generous supporters MAGNET, Bedrock, and KeyBank.
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