The edg3 FUND — Kitsap Bank’s small business competition that recognizes local businesses devoted to the success of the community economically, socially, and environmentally — has announced this year’s 16 semi-finalists.
This year, Kitsap Bank received many applications from entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries from throughout Western Washington. “We are excited to have received applications from a number of very promising companies,” said Tony George, Kitsap Bank President and COO.
The 16 semi-finalists will move on to the semi-final round, where the public will vote on the winner. The semi-finalist companies are:
- Bushel & Barrel Ciderhouse – Poulsbo
- Cascade Hygiene – Bremerton
- Grounded, LLC – Bremerton
- Home Made Café – Port Orchard
- Kayak Brinnon – Brinnon
- KnifeForkSpoon – Gig Harbor
- Little Gray Farms Escargots – Quilcene
- Longship Marine – Poulsbo
- Morel Compass Mushrooms and Company – Port Angeles
- Mystery Bay Sails and Canvas – Nordland
- Office Xpats LLC – Bainbridge Island
- Saboteur Bakery Inc. – Bremerton
- Set and Drift Shellfish – Port Ludlow
- Slippery Pig Brewery LLC – Poulsbo
- SpringRain Farm & Orchard – Chimacum
- Vinder, Inc. – Port Townsend
“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,” said George.
Voting will take place online September 18 to 29 at www.kitsapbank.com/edg3-fund, where the public can vote for their favorite company. Voting will assist in choosing the top five finalists who will go on to compete in a live competition on Thursday, November 16 at Harborside Conference Center in Bremerton. The five finalists will present to a live audience and a panel of judges who will chose a winner to leave with the grand prize of $20,000. They also will award a $5,000 Community edg3 Award to one business from the semi-finalists who best exemplifies the spirit of community.