CHARLESTON, SC (November 16, 2012) – Local business owner, Ronald Pote, took home the grand prize at The Perfect Pitch contest from the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce earlier this weekfor his product, ByoSoil 200.

Pote impressed judges with his invention, ByoSoil 200. The organic product provides customers with a means to encapsulate salt in the soil. ByoSoil 200, made by Pote’s company Byo-Gon, is injected into irrigation water that is then used on turf and plants. Saltwater intrusion is a problem in the Lowcountry and other coastal areas where wells are contaminated with migrating saltwater as fresh water aquifers are drawn down.

More than 30 people entered their business ideas into the Perfect Pitch Contest, hosted by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. The top ten finalists had five minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges on November 13th, for the chance to win the grand prize of $5,000 and a scholarship to BizBuilderSC entrepreneurial training classes and a dream team of mentors, which in the end was awarded to Pote for ByoSoil.

According to the Chamber, the purpose of The Perfect Pitch competition is to showcase ideas and uncover the best and brightest business concepts of Charleston entrepreneurs, while providing support and feedback not typically available to entrepreneurs launching or growing a business.