Bulldog Auto Detailing announced as Regional & People’s Choice Award Winner through Extraco Banks Extrapreneur Program
Tyson McLaughlin, Extraco Banks Temple VP Commercial Banking (R) poses with members of the Bulldog Auto Detailing Team (R to L) Gram Short, Owner & Founder, Stephen Polidore, Training Manager, Caleb Burch, Social Media Manager, & Garner Kuras, Controller & Dealer Operations Manager (Photo Courtesy of Extraco Banks)
Bulldog Auto Detailing, a Temple-based business, was announced by Extraco Banks as a 2021 Extrapraneur Award Program finalist, Regional Award, and People’s Choice Award winner at an awards banquet on October 21, 2021.
The program provides Central Texas entrepreneurs and small business owners a chance to win up to $26,000 in cash prizes, along with mentorship and business consultation for one year. Bulldog Auto Detailing was among more than 45 businesses across the Central Texas area that applied.
“We continue to be impressed with applications received from Central Texas businesses for the Extrapreneur Award,” said Chris Kincaid, corporate executive vice president and chief of strategic design for Extraco Banks, in a press release.
Bulldog Auto Detailing has been “keeping Central Texas cars clean and protected since 2016,” according to their website. It currently has four locations throughout Central Texas in Temple, Waco, Clifton, and Leander to “give your ride that fresh-off-the-lot look".
“We are so proud of our team for making it to the finals of the Extraco Banks Extrapreneur Program,” noted Gram Short, owner, and founder of Bulldog Auto Detailing, in a social media post. “Our team ended up winning the People’s Choice Award and the award for our region. Bulldog would not be where it is today without the amazing support of the community!”
Each finalist team for the program presented business pitches that were evaluated by Extraco executive leaders on four elements: mission and vision, economic catalyst, viable/executable, and overall idea. Bulldog Auto Detailing was awarded monetary prizes totaling $6,000, as well as mentorship from three to six months.
For more information about the annual Extrapreneur Award, visit extracobanks.com/extrapraneur.
Learn more about Bulldog Auto Detailing at bulldogautodetailing.com.
Holiday Inn Temple-Belton is proud to announce it was chosen as a finalist among the nearly 100 Texas businesses that applied to receive Better Business Bureau’s 2021 Torch Awards for Ethics. BBB serving the Heart of Texas presents the Torch Awards for Ethics each year to businesses that exemplify ethical behavior and display integrity in all aspects of its operations.
Holiday Inn Temple-Belton provides lodging services to every industry in the Temple market and is recognized as a great hotel guests love, through a variety of review companies – IHG Guest Reviews 4.34/5, Google 3 Star Hotel, Booking.com 4.39/5, AAA 3 Diamonds, Expedia 4.3/5. We go through stringent evaluations to ensure our hotel meets and exceeds all requirements from our parent company IHG and additional companies such as AAA for our Diamond Rating. We feature a 1,350 square-foot meeting space and an onsite restaurant, Midway Bar & Grill, that is open for breakfast and dinner.
Director of Sales/Operations Sarah Japalucci, General Manager Kal Patel and the entire team at Holiday Inn Temple-Belton were excited to learn that they had been chosen as a finalist. “We're honored to be acknowledged for our ethical business practices,” said Japalucci.
Since opening in 2008, Holiday Inn Temple-Belton has had the privilege to work with a variety of industries including medical, manufacturing, sports, technology, distribution, and transportation to ensure travelers have a reliable source for lodging.
On Oct. 7, BBB serving the Heart of Texas announced via a live, online event that Holiday Inn Temple-Belton was one of three finalists in the 10-21 employees’ category for the 2021 Torch Awards for Ethics. “The community engagement and strength of Texas businesses was on full display for the judges this year,” said John Etchieson, former BBB CEO and judge for the 2021 BBB Torch Awards. “Congratulations to all of the finalists and thank you to everyone who applied to make this an extremely competitive event.”
The Torch Awards competition is open to all for-profit businesses headquartered in BBB’s 105-county service area. Nominees are offered the opportunity to submit an entry to BBB, where a panel of independent volunteer business and community leaders review the entries and choose the winners based on their performance in the marketplace.
If you would like to learn more about Holiday Inn Temple-Belton and the services it offers, visit HolidayInn.com/TempleBeltonTX.