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Meet the 2018 Cohort

Participant Location Business Name Business Concept
Hugh and Paige Ahnatook South Bend (Pacific) Sacred Waters Fish Company Native caught smoked salmon, salmon products, gifts
Jaiden Dokken and Mackenzie Grinnell Sequim (Clallam) Two Hooligans Cider Locally gleaned apple ciders
Shaelee Evans Sequim (Clallam) Goodness Tea Gleaned/foraged teas and food products
Jacquline Gonzales Forks (Clallam) The Parlor Locally foraged/sourced food products
Ryan Hendricks, Sr. Pacific Beach (Grays Harbor) Eagle Eye Guide Service Native guide services
Andrew Hokit Port Angeles (Clallam) Natural burials
Eric and Britta Jackson Aberdeen (Grays Harbor) Locally sourced hand pies
Brittany Jones Sappho (Clallam) Local CSA farm
Laura Mittman Port Angeles (Clallam) Peninsula Adventure Sports Outdoor sports events producer
Kriska Obermiller Sequim (Clallam) Foraged Devil’s Club products
Matthew Smith and Derrick Sampson Hoquiam (Grays Harbor) Hidden Coast Ranch Agro-forestry and permaculture products
Cheri Tinker Forks (Clallam) Sarges Farm Stand Farm stand for locally grown/organic produce
Malloree Weinheimer Port Townsend (Jefferson) Chickadee Forestry Forest management consultant for private landowners

Now Accepting Applications

Got an idea for a small business that builds leadership, keeps money local, and contributes to the conservation of local natural resources?

Coast Works is now accepting applications. Download an application form at  today! The deadline for applications is May 22, 2017.

Up to 15 finalists will be selected for intensive training, mentorship, network building and a chance to win up to $10,000 to move their business idea forward.

To learn more, and help build the network, attend our free Community Conversation in Port Angeles on April 25th. The event is free. You do not need to register. You bring the good ideas. We’ll provide the pizza. See details at

Coast Works to Announce 2016 Winners

DSCN7410_KaraCardinalThe final submissions have been evaluated by an independent panel
consisting of eight judges with deep local knowledge and expertise in entrepreneurship, business startups, business management, and sustainability. The scores have been compiled and analyzed. And the winners have been selected!

We are excited to bring the Coast Works finalists together at the 125th Annual Leaders Banquet this Friday, October 14, to celebrate the successful completion of the 2016 Coast Works competition and to announce the winners. The event will take place at the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino (78 State Route 115 – Ocean Shores, WA). Dinner and the Coast Works program starts at 7pm. To register for the event, contact Angela, Greater Grays Harbor Inc., at 360.532.1924 (

See you there!


Coast Works 2016 kicks off with six community “ideation” events, to be held February 1-4 in Taholah, Aberdeen, Amanda Park, La Push, Forks and Neah Bay (click here for details on locations and dates).

• Learn about the opportunity discovery process and practice putting it into action.

• Work with a team to apply “triple bottom line” business approaches to solve real community needs and problems.

• Find out how Enterprise for Equity training and support can help you start and grow your business.

• Answer all your questions about the competition, including how to apply, how the finalists and winners will be selected, what training and support will be provided, and more.

Ideation Events are free and open to the general public. There’s active learning for everyone – whether you are just curious, or just starting out in business, or are already an experienced business owner or business professional. Through chalk talks and group activities, we’ll help each other awaken our “inner entrepreneur” to brainstorm business ideas that transform problems and needs in our communities into profitable businesses that produce social and environmental benefits – and meet the criteria for the competition!

Contact the Coast Works team at if you have any questions or for more information about the competition.

Coast Works 2016 is being presented by The Nature Conservancy in partnership with Enterprise for Equity (with support from a USDA Rural Business Development Grant), Pinchot University’s Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship and the Ta’ala Fund. Click here for more information about the Coast Works partners.

Mike Skinner
Coast Works Competition Administrator
O: 206.780.6228 | C: 206.235-6029