Krys-Tina Scott, ?sole?ful winner

Krys-Tina Scott, ‘sole’ful winnerby Linda Kleindienst  Photo by Scott Holstein

Meet Krys-Tina Scott, proud proprietor of Acquired Sole — an urban-themed clothing and sneaker retail specialty shop in Fort Walton Beach — and winner of the 850 Business Magazine’s 2010 College Entrepreneur Invitational.

“I’ve always wanted to have a business … and I’ve always loved sneakers,” said Scott, a 21-year-old Northwest Florida State College sophomore whose major is business administration. Her business mission statement? Feeding the sneaker connoisseur’s obsession.

Scott was one of more than two dozen undergraduates from Northwest Florida’s public colleges and universities to enter the contest.

“I have been working on my business plan for two years. When I saw the contest on my school’s website, I had to enter. This would give me a chance to share my idea with judges and possibly a potential investor. I was speechless when I won,” said Scott, who won a $5,000 prize and the opportunity to pitch her business plan to potential investors. “Although I have won, that isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning of my journey. As Andy Warhol said, ‘Good business is the best kind of art.’”