Contractor pitches winning business plan

A Columbia remodeling contractor has won StartUp Jeff City’s business plan competition by pitching a “cleaner more efficient way to paint” — but he’s remaining coy about the plan’s specifics.

Dyarl (pronounced Daryl) Lewis won Saturday’s Pitch It & Win It competition, earning him $2,000 cash and various other donated prizes.

“I was thrilled,” he said in a Tuesday phone interview. “I had absolutely no expectations of winning.”

He outpitched 15 other entrepreneurs who each gave ....

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