Update Nov. 10: Ann Rosecrants of natural fiber online marketing in Port Angeles is this year's winner of the Washington Coast Works competition! Watch a replay of the awards ceremony on Facebook Live and stay tuned on this blog for more updates about Ann's business.
Months of visioning, planning and preparation will pay off at the Washington Coast Works awards ceremony Thursday in Port Angeles.
The ten remaining finalists in this year’s Coast Works competition in one last “fast-pitch” round before judges in the afternoon, and winners will be announced at a gala ceremony at Olympic Theatre Arts.
The FastPitch presentations by the finalists are free and open to the public, at Olympic Theatre Arts from 1:15 to 4:30 p.m.
The 10 finalists who will be competing November 9, including their home towns and business ideas are:
- Shaelee Evans, Sequim, Goodness Tea
- Clifford Jesse Foss, Amanda Park, bio-diesel soap and byproducts
- Joshua Goakey, Forks, butcher and local meats
- Lauren Kerr, Forks, U-pick blueberries
- Anna Kim, Westport, Up-cycling nonprofit
- Jessie Newbert, Port Angeles, Hurricane Hills Winery
- Diane Pfeifle, Forks, Farm and eco/agri tourism destinations
- Ann Rosecrants, Port Angeles, natural fiber online marketing
- Jim Stanley, Westport, marketing local native seafood
- Cheri Tinker, Forks, Sarge’s Garden and CSA
The goal of the Coast Works initiative is to catalyze small and locally-owned “triple bottom line” businesses. These are businesses that generate profit by contributing to conservation of local natural resources and that will lead a network of community conversations focused on building sustainable community well-being in rural communities on the Washington coast.