PotBra and Other Finalists Announced for DMC's The Next Big Thing
April 26, 2012,
DALLAS-A kitchen gadget called the PotBra that helps transport food is one of the finalists in Dallas Market Center's The Next Big Thing national product search contest, along with the Brobe and Accessory Connectz. Picked from among applications nationwide from product designers, entrepreneurs, stay-at-home moms and other creative minds, the finalists will exhibit before an estimated 50,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 78 countries during DMC's FINDS Dallas Temp Show, June 21-24.
The PotBra was created last year by Sherrie and Keith Charles of Fort Worth, Texas. Being in the rubber business, Keith Charles made a silicone rubber band that stretches over pots or pans to keep the lids in place while traveling, so Sherrie's dishes wouldn't spill when she was attending potluck dinners. Brobe is a robe with a built-in bra for personal and medical use and Accessory Connectz allows one to accessorize flip flops, headbands and pet collars.
The winner will be announced on June 23 during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market and will receive a prize package worth more than $12,500 including a $2,500 cash prize, exhibit space at the January 2013 Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, a profile in one of Dallas Market Center's award-winning custom publications, consultations from leading industry experts regarding branding, public relations, visual merchandising and more.
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