Small businesses are unique to their area and are representative of the places in which they are found. Businesses can be profitable, while at the same time caring for the place they are found and supporting the people who work for them and around them. This concept is also known as the triple bottom line. The Washington Coast Works Business Competition will soon be seeking applications from those with ideas and energy to create or expand a small business that strives towards a triple bottom line – profit, people, and place.

Applications for this year’s Washington Coast Works Business Competition will be due by October 15th. From the pool of applicants, up to 15 finalists will be chosen. Finalists will then participate in a 4-day business boot camp, providing training on planning, marketing, networking and more. After the boot camp, the finalists will be offered one on one and group training. Then they will have the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of judges and an audience of community members with the possibility to receive up to $10,000 in prize money and other financial support.

Please join Garrett Dalan from The Nature Conservancy at the September HYPE meeting to learn more about this competition and the other opportunities for local businesses that are being developed as part of the Coast Works Alliance.

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