2016 Entrepreneur Of The Palouse Award Winners
…And The Winner Is
Thanks to the City of Moscow’s sponsorship, Be The Entrepreneur Bootcamp™ (BTE Bootcamp™) announces the first annual Palouse Pitch event followed by the awards ceremony for the Entrepreneur of the Palouse Awards ceremony, sponsored by the University of Idaho Executive MBA program.
The Palouse Pitch (7-9 pm, June 14, 2016), at EMSI in downtown Moscow, is a unique community event for BTE Bootcamp™ campers and up to 150 community members interested in:
- Our region’s emerging and existing businesses
- Looking for investment opportunities
- Seeking business collaborations
- Needing to increase their business’ exposure
- Honing their own pitch skills
Entrepreneur of the Palouse Award
The Entrepreneur of the Palouse Award recognizes local entrepreneurs in three categories. Recipients receive a $1,000 grant and are selected based on their commitments to serving our region’s businesses, residents, visitors, and students. This year’s awardees are:
Non-profit – Latah Trail Foundation
Latah Trail Association was selected due to their continued commitment to regional development on the Palouse, and reflects their commitment to the community and what this award honors.
Their efforts in 2015 included organizing “over 1,800 volunteer hours in fundraising, clerical work, trail cleanup, and promotional activities” said Tom Carroll, the nominator. “We have been instrumental in the creation and promotion of the Latah Trail, a well-loved and used community resource.” Their commitment to community development continues in their planned efforts over the next two years for improving the 16-mile trail.
Rising Star – Poppy, an Eco-Friendly Salon and Spa
Jennifer Harbour nominated Poppy, an Eco-Friendly Salon, because of its commitment to the community and employees, support of local artisans and small business owners, as well as to green business practices. Since opening in June of 2012 Poppy has grown exponentially. Poppy also “regularly hosts fundraisers for local and national charities and causes.” Poppy’s continual commitment to regional development, local businesses support, and local causes embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of the Palouse.
Business – Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) ongoing commitment to community engagement, and their giving efforts, ranging from financial, material, and volunteer-driven support. Their employees can be found on several local boards, volunteering at local events, and supporting organizations throughout the Palouse. SEL’s role as the largest private employer on the Palouse helped stabilize the Palouse’s economy and sustain local efforts, such as funding science programs at the local public schools, Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport, and the Palouse Discovery Science Center. Their long-standing efforts to support and foster the Palouse Region’s growth has earned them this year’s Business Entrepreneur of the Palouse Award.
Meet these incredible community members and entrepreneurs. The event is limited to 150 people, and hors d’oeuvres will also be served at this free event.