Business Startup:  Melody Johnson, Owner of Divine Covering, LLC, creates keepsake bridal bouquets; ‘grinders on the go’, which are ‘bedazzeled’ water bottles; and desk dazzle, which are ‘blinged out’ office supplies.

Melody worked with Derek Simmonds, CEDA’s Business Development Specialist, on business plan assistance and business operation advice.  She took third place in Onondaga SBDC’s 2018 “Cayuga Pitch” competition, held at our offices at 2 State Street.  “The Pitch” is an annual, four-week educational series for entrepreneurs concluding with a “pitch” to local business owners and professional service providers.  Top participants are awarded cash prizes to further grow their businesses.

“The process of becoming a successful business owner is arduous, but having Derek’s support has been very helpful.” ~Melody Johnson

  • Location:  Weedsport, NY
  • Assistance: CEDA, Auburn SCORE
  • Start Date:  2016