2 Denver finalists in Super Bowl ad contest

Posted at 11:32 PM, Sep 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-17 01:32:12-04

Two local business owners have made it into the Top 10 in the Intuit QuickBooks Small Business Big Game Super Bowl commercial contest.

The winner will get a free 30-second spot in the Super Bowl, an ad that would cost millions of dollars.

One of the finalists is EZPZ, a company out of Castle Rock that makes all-in-one silicon placemats and plates or bowls that suction to your countertop or table.

It prevents those little mess-makers from dumping their plate or bowl on the floor at mealtime.

"We really don't have a large budget for advertising," said Paul Joyner, creative team member at EZPZ.

Winning the contest could benefit EZPZ in a huge way.

“And being in a big football town, the home of the Denver Broncos, we really feel that we would be champions if we could win that Super Bowl commercial," said Joyner.

EZPZ is a mom started all-in-one silicone placemat and plate that features a big smiley face.

Its compartments also help parents introduce new foods, something that is especially helpful when they have kids who are picky eaters.

"You can, you know, make funny things with the eyes, make little teeth with vegetables for the mouth," said Dawn Winkelmann, feeding specialist for EZPZ.

"We've sold, to date, probably about 85,000 mats," said Joyner.

The goal is to sell millions more -- and this contest could make that possible.      

Of the 10 finalists, another Colorado company also made it.           

Sword and Plough recycles military surplus clothing to make messenger and weekend bags.           

We reached out to them but did not hear back.           

The winner of the contest will be announced Nov. 2.