“Through our Startup Washington strategy, we recognize the vital role of entrepreneurship and home-grown economic development in long-term prosperity for rural communities and the state as a whole. Supporting expansion of business opportunities in tribal lands is a key priority which emerged from our Tribal-State Economic Development Summit last year, and the Washington Coast Works sustainable small business competition is a great step forward in that action plan.” – Gov. Jay Inslee

“This competition provides entrepreneurs in tribal and rural areas with the chance to turn an idea into a business that will create jobs and economic opportunity. This is an investment in often under-served communities that will pay dividends for years to come on the Olympic Peninsula. I extend my thanks to the Nature Conservancy and its partners for developing the Sustainable Small Business Competition.” – Senator Maria Cantwell

“I applaud the Nature Conservancy and its partners for establishing the Washington Coast Works Sustainable Small Business competition, and am proud to support this initiative to launch innovative entrepreneurial opportunities in our state’s rural and tribal communities,” – Senator Patty Murray

“The Olympic Peninsula is chock-full of budding entrepreneurs looking to improve their communities – the Sustainable Small Enterprise Competition can help provide that extra nudge needed to help them take off. Tribal and rural communities alike will benefit from this terrific opportunity to jump start local employment and catalyze private business innovation in sustainability and conservation. I applaud the Nature Conservancy and the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship for taking the lead on bringing this great support system to folks in our area.” – Rep. Derek Kilmer

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Coast Works 2016 dates and deadlines are listed below. Please note that all dates are tentative and subject to change. Those interested in applying for the competition should check back to this page frequently.

JanuaryApplication Period Starts
February 1Ideation Events: Aberdeen and Taholah
February 2Ideation Events: Amanda Park
February 3Ideation Events: Forks and La Push
February 4Ideation Events: Neah Bay
March 19-20
(Sat & Sun, 9am – 5pm)
E4E Business Readiness Workshop (Grays Harbor College, Aberdeen)
April 9-10
(Sat & Sun, 9am – 5pm)
E4E Business Readiness Workshop (Rain Forest Arts Center, Forks)
April 29Coast Works 2016 Cohort Selected
May 3 – June 21
(Tuesdays 5-9pm)
E4E Business Planning Program (Grays Harbor College, Aberdeen)
May 13 – June 18
(Fridays 5:30-7:30pm; Saturdays 10am – 4pm)
E4E Business Planning Program (Rain Forest Action Center, Forks)
June 24-26Coast Works Summit (Olympic Natural Resource Center, Forks)
September 15
(Time TBD)
Coast Works FastPitch
(Location TBD)
October 15
(Time TBD)
Awards Ceremony
(Location TBD)