‘Best in the West’ Finalists Announced, Workshops Open to Public

by Daysha Eaton on July 16, 2014

BitW_logo-150x69Bethel’s Cultural Center and the UAF Kuskokwim Campus have selected finalists in their annual “Best in the West” small business competition.

This year, they selected 13 finalists from Bethel, Mountain Village, Marshall and Emmonak.

The ‘Best in the West’ competition is an opportunity for small businesses in the Y-K Delta to win start-up funds and is intended to promote jobs and economic stability in the region.

Finalists will now work on writing business plans at workshops this week. They’re required to attend business planning workshops at the cultural today (Wed. 7/17) at 5:30pm and Saturday (7/19) at 10am. Melissa Houston from the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development will present. The workshops are open to the public.

The grassroots effort to support local entrepreneurs is in its sixth year. Awards range from $2,000 to $5,000.

‘Best in the West’ small business competition finalists:

Barbara Mosier Bethel
Charlotte Tikiun Mountain Village
Colton Merculief Bethel
Cynthia Pete Bethel
Darlene Westlock Emmonak
Denise Kinegak Bethel
Dolly Lamont Bethel
Jackie George Marshall
Julian Jacobs Bethel
Kate McWilliams Bethel
Loren Peterson Mountain Village
Michael Merculief Bethel
Susan Taylor Bethel


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