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Lyons handyman wins $20,000 pitch competition in Wayne County

Mike Bailey, the owner of Maintenance Mike Handyman Service based in Lyons, clinched the grand prize at the fifth annual Kick Start Business Pitch Competition.

The event, sponsored by Wayne Economic Development Corp., was held on November 15 at the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Conference Center. Bailey’s victory earned him a significant boost for his business, with a grand prize of $20,000.

Bailey’s win is seen as a testament to the strong entrepreneurial spirit prevalent in the community. Expressing his gratitude, Bailey remarked that participating in the competition was a “game-changer” for his business.

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The exposure and support he received have opened new avenues for his venture. Maintenance Mike Handyman Service is known for offering a wide range of home services, including flooring installation, plumbing, light electrical work, and security camera installations.

The competition also recognized other talented entrepreneurs. Angelina Hilton from Walworth, owner of Native Made Ventures, secured the second place. Her business focuses on supporting Native creatives, educators, multi-cultural organizations, and Indigenous brands with marketing, consulting, and publishing services.

Bailey and Hilton were among four finalists who presented their business ideas to a panel of four judges, highlighting the competitive and diverse nature of the entrepreneurial landscape in Wayne County.