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Inc. Magazine and The UPS Store National Small Biz Salute Finalist:

SAN DIEGO, July 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The UPS Store, Inc. and Inc. Magazine have announced the three finalists for the Small Biz Salute Pitch Off, a national competition that will reward one small business owner with $25,000 and an editorial feature in Inc. Magazine to help grow their business.

On August 8, Keitha Dendy of League City, Texas; Megan Eddings of Houston, Texas; and Bryanne Leeming of Boston, Massachusetts will compete at the Small Biz Salute Pitch Off event in Detroit, Michigan where the grand prize winner will be announced during the event.

“We are thrilled for Keitha, Megan and Bryanne as they advance in our Small Biz Salute Pitch Off competition,” said Michelle Van Slyke, senior vice president of sales and marketing for The UPS Store, Inc. “These women entrepreneurs represent the tenacity and ingenuity of small business owners across the nation who enrich our communities and inspire others to consider starting a business.”

At the Pitch Off event, each finalist will face a live audience and  all-star panel of small business experts including Bravo TV host Tabatha Coffey, Detroit’s own five-time tech entrepreneur Josh Linkner, Wolverines alum and former NFL linebacker Dhani Jones, and Inc. Magazine executive editor Jon Fine. Each contestant will present and answer questions from the judges.

“These finalists have a unique opportunity to tell the world what makes their small businesses great,” said Linkner. “Presenting their ideas in front of a live audience is truly a test of poise and confidence and we look forward to seeing their passion for their businesses shine through.”

After more than 2,000 individuals responded to a nationwide call for online pitch submissions, thousands voted online to narrow a field of 10 semi-finalists to the top 3 finalists, each with a different enterprise and background:

    The UPS Store and Inc. Magazine invite startups, local entrepreneurs and business owners to attend the live Small Biz Salute Pitch Off event from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8 at the historic Gem Theatre in downtown Detroit.  During the competition, each finalist will have 3 minutes to pitch their business to the judges. In addition to the competition, there will be networking activities, a live Q&A with the panel of judges and opportunities for prizes and giveaways.

     

    Accel Lifestyle Reaches Kickstarter Goal in First Week!

    HOUSTON, TX, April 15, 2018 - After nearly two years in the making, Accel Lifestyle launches its athleisure brand with a Kickstarter Campaign that begins May 1, 2018. It’s a labor of love for Accel Lifestyle Founder Megan Eddings, who combined her mission to create quality fitness apparel for men and women with her values ofspreading positivity and empowerment. She calls Accel Lifestyle an Ethical Fashion line and for very good reason.

    “From the fibers to the finished garments, Accel Lifestyle is sourced and made in the USA. I have personally visited every mill, knitter and supplier to ensure fair wages and proper treatment of the workers,” explains Eddings.

    Mixing science with ethics, Eddings used her chemistry background to produce a custom antimicrobial fabric that keeps Accel Lifestyle’s clothing smelling fresh even after the sweatiest of workouts.

    “After researching fitness apparel fabric that is available today and understanding the scientific reasons for ‘stinky gym clothes’, I knew the only way the fabric could truly be part ofour busy lifestyles was if I custom created the fabric myself,” adds Eddings.

    Accel Lifestyle’s cutting-edge shirts will be on sale on May 1 when the Kickstarter Campaign begins. Those men and women who are the first to purchase a piece from the line will receive 20% off retail.

    “It will be a fantastic opportunity for customers to be one of the ‘firsts’ to buy Accel Lifestyle, and they’ll be buying the shirts for a fraction of the retail cost. As a sole-founder, it is an awesome way for me to start generating revenue for production and expanding my patent protection into other countries. Launching the Kickstarter Campaign will be my time to show the world the mission, values, and details about Accel Lifestyle and how they can be a part of it,” says Eddings.

    For more information on Accel Lifestyle, go to www.AccelLifestyle.com or follow the athleisure brand on Instagram and Facebook at @accellifestyle.

    #### Megan Eddings is the Founder of Accel Lifestyle, an athleisure apparel line for both men and women. Eddings dubs herself “The Creative Chemist”. With her Chemistry background, she created a custom anti-microbial fabric using the most luxurious threads. The fabric uses a protected science that is free of chemicals. Eddings is currently working on the patent for this high-end technology that allows her fitness pieces to be worn, worked out in, and sweat in without starting to smell like most fitness clothes begin to do. Eddings also cares about how humans are treated, which is why Accel Lifestyle is an ethical fashion brand. She visited each fabric supplier, mill and factory to ensure that the people creating Accel Lifestyle’s clothing were treated and compensated fairly for their work. Accel Lifestyle’s clothing is not only scientific and ethical, it’s also motivational. Because Eddings believes in encouraging others to be their best, shoppers can enjoy inspirational quotes on their athleisure wear. Accel Lifestyle will be available online at www.AccelLifestyle.com and in select fitness boutiques in the Houston area.