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Clayton company finalist in SBA business competition

The U.S. Small Business Administration selected CJ Scarlet, founder of Clayton company Tiger Eye Sensor, as one of 15 finalists in the InnovateHER Business Challenge, a competition for entrepreneurs who develop products and services that enhance the lives of women and their families.

“The incredibly innovative entries we received from all across the country are a testament to the genius of America’s entrepreneurs,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet in a press release. “We received so many thoughtful business ideas it was difficult to narrow them down to just fifteen finalists.”

Scarlet, a veteran and former director of victims issues for the North Carolina attorney general, created a wearable device about the size of a quarter that will call police and start recording video footage when a wearer yells “help.”

An executive committee of SBA officials reviewed the about 75 semifinalist nominations and selected 15 finalists. Finalists will pitch their products and services to a panel of judges in Washington D.C., on May 8 and compete for the top three awards and a total of $30,000 in prize money.

More information on the competition can be found here. Read Scarlet’s Tar Heel of the Week profile here.