SEED Dixie awards $5,000 each to 2 startup businesses

ST. GEORGE — Two St. George startup businesses, and Monster Mouthguards will each take away $5,000 awarded by Stimulating the Expansion of Entrepreneurial Development Dixie – SEED Dixie – to help them launch their new e-marketing campaigns.

Start-up and existing enterprises submitted 22 application to SEED Dixie. The applications included their management expertise, business models and the e-marketing strategies they believe will help them gain traction in the marketplace.  Four finalists were selected to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges with marketing expertise representing the Business Resource Center, the St. George Chamber of Commerce, SCORE and Outlier Labs. was founded by Marvin Ray, an experienced mechanic who has spent over 25 years running his own businesses as well as training thousands of auto technicians across the U.S. for companies such as Big O Tires.

“Marv’s sales skills and connections are phenomenal,” USTAR analyst Jared Goodspeed, who is working with Ray, said. services include a connector that can be plugged into a vehicle, an app that helps read the vehicle’s problems and a call center of experienced mechanics that can help diagnose problems, refer vehicle owners to reputable repair centers along with an appropriate repair cost. The service is sold as a yearly subscription.

Over 60 percent of vehicle owners fear being ripped off in their repair costs,” Ray said. “Our process and network of seasoned mechanics help reassure people and save them money.”

Monster Mouthguards

Monster Mouthguards, founded by dental lab technician Brain Stanger and entrepreneur Matt Arrington, provides semi-custom mouthguards with unique designs for everyone seeking to preserve their teeth while playing contact sports.  Monster Mouthguards was created, Arrington said, to bridge the gap between expensive, fully custom mouthguards to cheap, less-effective boil and bite mouthguards.

We have created a beautiful, self-formed design, made in the United States and of the latest materials, that have been scientifically proven to significantly reduce the chance of injuries,” Arrington said, “and are 140 percent more protective than regular mouthguards and mouthpieces.”

SEED Dixie and USTAR

Both companies have strategies that employ enhanced websites, mobile app use and YouTube videos in integrated plans. SEED Dixie and Utah Science, Technology and Research Initiative are committed to diversifying the economy by assisting companies with the potential to create higher paying jobs in southwest Utah and will assist in coaching the winners.


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