Our Inspiration

WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THE CHALLENGE?

Janesville Business Challenge is a unique opportunity for one lucky entrepreneur to realize the dream of a new or expanded business in downtown Janesville. While many new businesses struggle with startup costs, overhead expenses, and the details of actually managing a business, the Janesville Business Challenge exists to help the winning entrepreneur navigate those challenging waters on the journey to success and profitability.

As sponsors of the contest, Quint and Rishy Studer are funding the renovation of the building, the business startup package, and the management of the contest. In addition, the Studers will own the adjacent businesses –The Bodacious Brew – a coffee, tea and small eatery with wine, cheese and small plates served mid-day into the evening; The Bodacious Olive – a boutique olive oil and pasta restaurant and market; and So Chopped – a customizable chopped salad eatery. But the Studers aren’t just looking for a good tenant, or a good neighbor. Here’s how Rishy Studer put it:

“Quint and I decided several years ago that we had an opportunity, and a responsibility, to work to make Pensacola a better place for everyone. One way we thought we could help was by using our financial resources, our business experience, and our business relationships to help one entrepreneur overcome the challenges of those ‘make-or-break’ years of operation. The Pensacola Business Challenge gave several businesses a chance. We are now turning our eyes to Janesville and want the same for this community. We want to give someone in Janesville the chance to build or expand a business, and help us all build a better City.”

Here at the Janesville Business Challenge, we couldn’t agree more with Rishy, and we’re putting together a great team to help grow Pensacola’s economy – one business at a time.

Leading the Challenge effort is Bekki Kennedy, who serves as the Director of the Janesville Business Challenge. Bekki was a senior executive at a healthcare consulting firm for 16 years. She helped grow the company from a start up to a large nationally respected firm. Her efforts centered around strategic branding and marketing as well as intellectual property development. Bekki also grew up in Janesville and along with her husband, Shannon are raising four children in Janesville. “I am thrilled and honored that the Studers have involved me in this great project. Shannon and I are passionate about Janesville and our downtown, and share the Studers’ vision for the future of the area. The Challenge and Bodacious Shops of Block 42 are one exciting addition to all of the great working happening in our downtown.

Quint Studer also expresses his excitement about the Janesville Business Challenge when he said, “We’re really looking forward to seeing some great ideas from the ‘entrepreneurs next door’ as a part of this project, because Rishy and I know that Janesville is full of industrious, hard-working people who can be successful with the right opportunities. I’m also excited about Bekki Kennedy’s leadership on this project. Her background and business experience are tremendous assets to this project and this community, and we are grateful that she is using her time in this way,” Studer continued.

If you’ve ever wanted to start a business, or expand your existing business. Now is the time.