WA Coast Works Competition 2015
Washington Coast Works: Sustainable Small Business Competition
WHAT IS THIS?
This Sustainable Small Business Competition has been established by The Nature Conservancy, in collaboration with us, Pinchot University’s Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship and the Taala Fund, and funded in part by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Business Development Grant.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
The competition will be open to applicants starting new businesses with a focus on sustainability meaning it will be profitable, but will also contribute to conservation and sustainable use of local natural resources, and contribute to the development of local business leadership and community self-determination.
Participants must reside in Grays Harbor, Jefferson and Clallam Coastal Communities, 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.
As the Training Partner, Enterprise for Equity will be your pathway to the competition. Contestants will be selected from graduates of Enterprise for Equity’s Business Readiness Workshop and will be required to complete Enterprise for Equity’s Business Planning Program.
I WANT TO TAKE THE CLASSES BUT I AM NOT SURE I WANT TO BE IN THE COMPETITION.
That’s fine, participants do NOT have to be in the competition to enroll in these classes! Read on!
BUSINESS SUPPORT and ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT
Enterprise for Equity presents the following business support opportunities for helping you build or launch your sustainable small business with an emphasis on ecology, economy, and equity:
- Begin Now!
- Entrepreneurship is more than starting a business. It can change the way your work and live – forever! Are you someone who sees a problem and figures out a solution? Or notices a need and fills it? Then this is the perfect opportunity for you! This class uses a mix of hands-on lessons, interactive videos, and powerful real life stories of successful business owners to help you overcome hardship by embracing an entrepreneurial mindset.
- Business Readiness Workshop
- This two-day exploratory and interactive workshop is for entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs. It provides an excellent opportunity to explore self-employment and business concepts from many perspectives. Participants will explore the feasibility of their business ideas, how to look at it from a triple-bottom line perspective (economy, ecology, and equity), what is involved in launching and growing a business, and deepen their understanding of the essential information needed to develop a roadmap to success. At the end, participants will know how to strategically consider any business concept and have the tools they need for develop their business planning building blocks.
- Business Planning Program
- Participants who have taken the Business Readiness Workshop and are ready to move forward with their business are eligible to enroll in the Business Planning Program. This experiential program covers all of the main areas of business planning, including: marketing, pricing, competition, costs, cash flow projections, financing, and operations, with an emphasis on sustainability and the triple-bottom line. In addition, the training program gives participants practical, hands-on experience in developing their business plans. Participants gain many skills in entrepreneurial development as well. These skills impact confidence level, self-esteem and organization as participants refine presentation of their products and services. At the end of the training, participants will have created a fully developed plan for their business. Those who successfully complete the program are considered graduates and are eligible for on-going support and business technical assistance.
- Enterprise for Equity’s Microloan fund offers entrepreneurs who complete our business planning program access to financing up to $25,000 for start-up and existing businesses. These funds are available to graduates of our program who cannot get financing elsewhere and want to access loan funds for tools, equipment, marketing, business services, or other business needs. These loans come with support throughout the application process, favorable rates and a streamlined payment process. Finally, Enterprise for Equity partners with several other lending institutions for loans that exceed our thresholds.
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WASHINGTON COAST WORKS COMPETITION
(All people wanting to participate in the Coast Works Business Plan Competition (Link) must attend Enterprise for Equity’s Business Readiness Workshop and Business Planning Program)
Step One: Contact Beth at Enterprise for Equity
Step Two: Business Readiness Workshop
Step Three: Business Planning Program