June 8, 2015 Contact

For Immediate Release

The Nature Conservancy
Robin Stanton, (206) 436-6274
rstanton@tnc.org

Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship
Mike Skinner, (206) 780-6228
mike.skinner@pinchot.edu

Have An Idea for a Small Business? Enter Now

$20,000 in prize money for Washington Coast Works Business Competition

WASHINGTON COAST–Do you have an idea for a small business that makes money, builds community, and protects the environment? Enter the Washington Coast Works competition to develop the idea and win startup funding.

Deadline to enter the Washington Coast Works: Sustainable Small Business Competition (wacoastworks.org) is June 19.

The Washington Coast Works competition offers budding entrepreneurs an opportunity to develop skills, get support and win cash to launch their businesses. The winner will receive $10,000 in startup funding, and two semifinalists will receive $5,000 each. Prize funding is provided by the Quinault Indian Nation and First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles.

The competition is open to applicants starting new businesses in Grays Harbor, Jefferson and Clallam Counties, including the tribal communities of Neah Bay, La Push, Hoh, Queets and Taholah, as well as other rural communities, and the cities of Forks, Ocean Shores, Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Montesano, Cosmopolis and Westport.

The competition is being presented by The Nature Conservancy in partnership with the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship at Pinchot University (formerly Bainbridge Graduate Institute) and the Taala Fund. USDA provided funding through its Rural Business Opportunity Grants to help launch the competition.

Details are at wacoastworks.org.

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