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Still time to vote for local business in video contest; winnings to be donated
Mar 12, 2013, 19:28

As of Tuesday, Cypress Cafe owner Holly Lemoine-Raymond was in second place in the nationwide “How I Built My Business” video contest.
The Mississippi office of the National Federation of Independent Business announced last week that Lemoine-Raymond was one of nine finalists.
Last month, entrepreneurs from across the country submitted videos explaining how they started their businesses. The contest was open to any independently-owned business with fewer than 500 employees incorporated or organized in the United States. The finalists were chosen by a panel and received a one-year membership to NFIB. Entries were judged based on creativity and originality.
Lemoine-Raymond announced on Friday that if she won the contest, she would donate the prize money to local worthy causes.
“The community gave to me when I opened this business,” she said, “so I want to give back to the community. I will donate all of the winnings to the local charities that are dear to me,” she said, including Friends of the Animal Shelter, CASA, Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross Hattiesburg (for tornado victims, Steve Gleason Foundation (ALS), Library Foundation of Hancock County, Bay St Louis Little Theatre and the USM Film Department
Online voting began Tuesday and ends March 18 at www.NFIB.com/stories. You can vote once every 24-hour period up until 11:59 p.m. on March 18. Watch Lemoine-Raymond's video at: http://www.nfib.com/stories/submissions?id=2195944551001. You can also vote at: www.nfib.com/stories/submissions?id=2195944551001#.ut4rlzbtz4.facebook


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