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Semi-finalists announced in Kitsap Bank’s Edg3 Fund small business competition

Sixteen small businesses have been selected as semi-finalists in Kitsap Bank’s edg3 Fund (rhymes with hedge fund) competition. The mission of edg3 Fund is to recognize entrepreneurs dedicated to growing their community economically, socially or environmentally. The inaugural competition drew nearly 70 applications from entrepreneurs throughout Western Washington in industries ranging from food/beverage and tourism to arts, education and agriculture.  

“We are excited to have received applications from a number of very promising companies,” said bank president and chief operations officer Tony George. “All of these innovative and hardworking business people are doing great things to promote a sustainable community, and we were honored that they invested their time and effort to join our contest.”  

Competition was so keen that the semi-final judges could not break a tie in scoring the top 15 contestants, and ultimately decided to move 16 companies forward to the semi-final round. The companies chosen are:

• Cape Clere Fishery, Port Townsend

• Eleven Winery, Bainbridge Island

• F.R.O.G. Soap, Bremerton

• Finnriver Cidery, Chimacum

• Force 10 Sailmaking and Rigging, Nordland

• GoXpedition, Sequim

• Monica’s Waterfront Bakery and Café, Silverdale

• Moonlight Farm, Quilcene

• North Kitsap Metal Recycling, LLC, Kingston

• OlyKraut, LLC, Olympia

• Olympic Organics, LLC, Kingston

• Pawzii, Inc., Bremerton

• Projected Talent, Inc., Issaquah

• Propolis Brewing, LLC, Port Townsend

• The Food Shed, Kingston

• With Respect, Port Orchard

 

From Aug. 1-15, the public is invited to vote for their favorite company at www.kitsapbank.com/edg3-fund. The website will have background information and videos about the 16 semi-final companies, and results of this voting will determine five finalists.

The final round of edg3 Fund will be Wednesday, Sept. 10 at Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton, where the finalists will make presentations before a live audience and an independent panel of judges. The winner of the $20,000 prize will be announced that night.

Port Orchard-based Kitsap Bank has 21 locations throughout Western Washington, and the edg3 Fund competition was open to small businesses in any of the communities the bank serves. 

 

 
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