Coast Works Pitch Clinic

In September, we hosted a Pitch Clinic for the Coast Works finalists at the Learning Center here at Pinchot University in Seattle. In addition to lots of good local food and a two-day get away to bright lights in the Big City, the finalists observed Social Venture Partner’s FastPitch quarterfinals, participated in a workshop on how to prepare and deliver a pitch, and spent an afternoon working with four teams of volunteer pitch coaches – experienced entrepreneurs and students or graduates of Pinchot’s MBA program.

Each finalist delivered their final presentation to their peers, the pitch coaches and a room full of potential impact investors. They rose to the challenge, and the progress they made in just a day and half was amazing. We caught it all on camera and hope to make the videos available soon!

Before heading for home, the finalists dropped off their written materials to be evaluated by a panel of eight independent judges. Winners will be announced at the Leaders Banquet to be held on Friday, October 16, at the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino in Ocean Shores, Washington. Stay tuned!

 

Call for Coast Works Pitch Coaches

Hone your entrepreneurial skills while contributing to an important cause!

Pinchot University’s Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship seeks 6-8 volunteers to serve as Pitch Coaches for the Coast Works Pitch Clinic to be held at the HUB on September 15 (2-5pm) and September 16 (9-11am). Coaches will work with 12 finalists participating in the Washington Coast Works: Sustainable Small Business Competition to help them develop, practice and perfect a short business model presentation to their peers and a panel of impact investors.

The Competition

The Coast Works competition has been established by The Nature Conservancy, in collaboration with the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship and the Taala Fund, and is funded in part by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Business Development Grant.

The finalists are starting or expanding small businesses in Grays Harbor, Jefferson and Clallam Counties, 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.

The competition is designed to diversify the local economy through the development of new small businesses, build business leadership in local communities, grow a constituency that supports conservation and sustainable natural resource use, and ultimately contribute to a new vision of sustainable community and economic development on the Washington Coast.

The Pitch Clinic

On September 15, the finalists will be in Seattle to participate in an intensive all-day Pitch Clinic. After observing the quarter finals of Social Venture Partner’s Fast Pitch at UW’s Foster School, the finalists will spend the afternoon at the HUB (2-5pm) working with the Pitch Coaches to develop their pitch – a short presentation on their business model and how they would put the $10,000 prize to work. On September 16, the finalists will dedicate the morning (9-11am) to pitch practice with the Pitch Coaches before making their final pitch on camera to their fellow cohort members and impact investors.

To Sign Up

If you are interested in this opportunity or have questions, please contact Mike Skinner by phone (206-780-6228) or email (mike.skinner@pinchot.edu) by Friday, September 4, to schedule a short intake interview. Coaches will be required to participate in a 30 minute orientation the week of September 7th (time to be determined).

Coast Works Expands the Team

Joanne Lee is joining the Coast Works team as a trainer and technical assistance provider. Joanne has a 17-year practice in business and life coaching based in Olympia, WA. Technology has enabled her to work with clients all over the world. Training and public speaking round out her services to entrepreneurs, businesses, public agencies and non-profit organizations. She’s passionate about sustainability and small-scale grassroots entrepreneurship and enterprise development and excited about the opportunity to work with the Coast Works communities. She’s a known quantity, having helped CIE successfully implement a Kauffman-funded project we did in partnership with the Washington State Workforce Board and Enterprise for Equity, a microenterprise development program serving the South Sound. I’m thrilled she is joining us and know that she will contribute much to our efforts. Please welcome Joanne to the Coast Works Team!

Call For Workshop Proposals

The Washington Coast Works: Sustainable Small Business Competition has been established by The Nature Conservancy, in collaboration with the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship and the Taala Fund, and is funded in part by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Business Development Grant.

The competition will be open to applicants starting or expanding small businesses in Grays Harbor, Jefferson and Clallam Counties, 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.

The competition is designed to diversify the local economy through the development of new small businesses, build business leadership in local communities, grow a constituency that supports conservation and sustainable natural resource use, and ultimately contribute to a new vision of sustainable community and economic development on the Washington Coast.

The Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

In late June 2015, 10 applicants and 2 alternate applicants will be selected to advance to the final round of the competition. These finalists will participate in an intensive three-day Entrepreneurship Boot Camp. The Boot Camp will be held at the Olympic Natural Resource Center in Forks, WA on July 30- August 2. Workshops subject to this Call for Proposals will take place on the second day of the Boot Camp (Saturday, August 1) starting at 9am and ending at 4pm.

Proposals

Most entrepreneurship training programs focus on how to launch and manage a business. The Boot Camp is a departure from this convention. The focus of the competition and the training will be to help participants identify and validate the key assumptions underlying (1) how the business will generate revenue, (2) why the financial projections make sense, and (3) the way in which the business will further the competition’s social and environmental objectives. Using a Business Model Canvas, Financial Projection Worksheets, and a Sustainability Matrix, participants will develop a written narrative that identifies and explains the assumptions underlying the business concept and how the assumptions have been or will be validated.

The first day of the Boot Camp will consist of three workshops that provide the foundation for developing the written narrative:

  1.  The Business Model Canvas and Lean Startup Concepts
  2. Preparing Preliminary Financial Projections
  3. Assessing Sustainability Across the Business

We are seeking proposals for at least 6 one-hour highly focused and practical “Drill Down” workshops that complement the foundational workshops. Suggested topics include (by way of example, with reference to the applicable judging criteria):

  1. Market Research (1:1, 1:2)
  2. Marketing Strategies (1:3)
  3. Revenue Models (1:4)
  4. Pricing Strategies and Sales Forecasting (1:4, 2:3)
  5. Cash Flow Requirements (2:4)
  6. Measuring Conservation Impact (carrying capacity and other metrics) (3:1, 3:2, 3:3)
  7. Measuring Local Economy Impact (the multiplier and direct, indirect, induced impacts (3:4, 3:5, 3:6)
  8. Measuring Leadership Development and Self-Determination (3:7, 3:8, 3:9)
  9. Understanding Scale (3:10)

Priority will be given to workshops designed to help participants develop ideas, strategies and tools that ensure that each participant understands and has a strategy for responding to each specific judging criterion in a way that produces the highest possible score. The judging criteria is available on the Coast Works website at www.wacoastworks.org.

Proposal Requirements

Proposals must be received by Friday, July 17, 2015. Proposals must be in writing, no more than three pages, and include the following information:

  1. Workshop Title
  2. Workshop Abstract (no more than 200 words)
  3. Workshop Outline
  4. Workshop Objectives (including the applicable judging criteria)
  5. Statement of Presenter Qualifications

Please email your proposal as a PDF file to the Coast Works Competition Administrator at info@wacoastworks.org on or before the deadline. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Mike Skinner at (206) 235-6029.

By submitting a workshop proposal, you acknowledge that there is no compensation for workshop presenters, and you agree (a) to participate in a teleconference presenter orientation (tentatively to be held on Monday, July 22, 2015), (b) to provide final workshop materials to the Boot Camp coordinators by no later than Friday, July 24, 2015, and (c) to be on location and ready to present at least one hour prior to the scheduled time for your workshop. Presenters are encouraged to come to the kick off breakfast and stay through the dinner session to network with the finalists. Overnight arrangements will be considered upon request.

Thank you for supporting Coast Works!

 

 

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12 Budding Entrepreneurs to Compete for $20,000

July 10, 2015

For Immediate Release

The Nature Conservancy
Robin Stanton, (206) 436-6274
rstanton@tnc.org

Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship
Mike Skinner, (206) 780-6228
mike.skinner@pinchot.edu

12 Budding Entrepreneurs to Compete for $20,000

Washington Coast Works Sustainable Small Business Competition Enters New Phase

WASHINGTON COAST—Twelve finalists from coastal communities have been chosen to participate in an intensive small-business boot camp in Forks for the Washington Coast Works: Sustainable Small Business Competition (wacoastworks.org).

The boot camp, July 30-Aug. 2, will include workshops on entrepreneurship, business, and sustainability. Following boot camp, finalists will have access to one-on-one technical assistance from experienced business advisors to develop and refine their business concepts, before going on to compete for $20,000 in startup funding, along with ongoing training and support.

First place winner will receive $10,000 in startup funding, while two second-place winners will receive $5,000 each. Prize funding is provided by First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles and the Quinault Indian Nation.

The finalists are:

  • Elizabeth Alexandra (Aberdeen) – launching a worker cooperative to collect food waste for production and sale of compost.
  • Emily Foster (Forks/ Quileute Nation) – launching a business that smokes and sells locally caught fish to both residents and tourists.
  • Liz Ellis (Aberdeen) – launching a business providing low-income housing with community gardens.
  • Anna Kim (Westport) – launching a business to manufacture and sell sustainable “papercrete” landscaping materials using recycled paper
  • Robert Long (Neah Bay/Makah Tribe) – launching a business to produce and sell sustainably farmed seaweed and shellfish.
  • Kelsey Pearson (Forks) – launching a food cooperative that will offer a diverse array of local food and produce to the community.
  • Linda Reeves (Queets/Quinault Indian Nation) – launching a market place for Native arts and crafts, as well as local produce and food.
  • Roxanne Eison (Taholah/Quinault Indian Nation) – expanding her existing forest thinning business to include sustainable harvesting and sale of salal.
  • Greg Larsen (Hoquiam) – launching a business to manufacture alternative, affordable and sustainable housing using shipping containers.
  • Mark Ray (Neah Bay/Makah Tribe) – launching a coffee shop featuring local coffee roasters, craft beers, wines, and foods.
  • Jean Ramos (Queets/Quinault Indian Nation) – launching a business to sell traditional Native medicinal products.
  • Michael Myers (Cosmopolis) – launching a consulting business focusing on converting waste to energy using methane digesters.

The competition is being presented by the Taala Fund, the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship at Pinchot University, and The Nature Conservancy in an effort to diversify the local economy through the development of new small businesses, build business leadership in local communities, grow a constituency that supports conservation and sustainable natural resource use, and ultimately contribute to a new vision of sustainable community and economic development on the Washington Coast.

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Have An Idea for a Small Business? Enter Now

June 8, 2015 Contact

For Immediate Release

The Nature Conservancy
Robin Stanton, (206) 436-6274
rstanton@tnc.org

Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship
Mike Skinner, (206) 780-6228
mike.skinner@pinchot.edu

Have An Idea for a Small Business? Enter Now

$20,000 in prize money for Washington Coast Works Business Competition

WASHINGTON COAST–Do you have an idea for a small business that makes money, builds community, and protects the environment? Enter the Washington Coast Works competition to develop the idea and win startup funding.

Deadline to enter the Washington Coast Works: Sustainable Small Business Competition (wacoastworks.org) is June 19.

The Washington Coast Works competition offers budding entrepreneurs an opportunity to develop skills, get support and win cash to launch their businesses. The winner will receive $10,000 in startup funding, and two semifinalists will receive $5,000 each. Prize funding is provided by the Quinault Indian Nation and First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles.

The competition is open to applicants starting new businesses in Grays Harbor, Jefferson and Clallam Counties, 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.

The competition is being presented by The Nature Conservancy in partnership with the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship at Pinchot University (formerly Bainbridge Graduate Institute) and the Taala Fund. USDA provided funding through its Rural Business Opportunity Grants to help launch the competition.

Details are at wacoastworks.org.

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Learn How to be a Small Business StartUp

Events kick off Washington Coast Works Sustainable Small Business Competition

WASHINGTON COAST–Do you have an idea for a small business that makes money, builds community, and protects the environment? Take a step to move your idea forward!

Washington Coast Works: Sustainable Small Business Competition (wacoastworks.org) kicks off with five community “ideation” events, to be held April 21-23 in Taholah, Aberdeen, La Push, Forks and Neah Bay. (Full schedule below.)

The Washington Coast Works competition offers budding entrepreneurs an opportunity to develop skills, get support and win cash to launch their businesses. The winner will receive $10,000 in startup funding, and two semifinalists will receive $5,000 each. Prize funding is provided by First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles and the Quinault Indian Nation.

These three-hour workshops will:

• 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.

• Introduce you to the entrepreneur’s mindset, the opportunity discovery process, and sustainable “triple bottom line” businesses.

• Engage you in brainstorming activities designed to help generate ideas for new sustainable businesses that build leadership, contribute to conservation and keep money in the local economy.

All events are free and open to the public. No need to register in advance.

“This competition is a fantastic opportunity to develop some creative and unique sustainable businesses here in Grays Harbor. I would encourage anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit and a great business idea to attend the Ideation workshop to learn more about this opportunity” said Dru Garson, CEO of Greater Grays Harbor.

Entrants to the Washington Coast Works: Sustainable Small Business Competition, are encouraged but not required to attend one of these ideation events. Enter starting April 20 at wacoastworks.org. Entries close June 19.

The competition is being presented by The Nature Conservancy in partnership with the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship at Pinchot University (formerly Bainbridge Graduate Institute) and the Taala Fund. USDA provided funding through its Rural Business Opportunity Grants to help launch the competition.

Ideation Events:

• Taholah – Tuesday, April 21, 10 a.m- 1 p.m.. Taholah Community Center,

• Aberdeen- Tuesday, April 21, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., GHC Whiteside Continuing Education Center

• La Push – Wednesday, April 22, 10 a.m.-1p.m., Tribal Office West Wing

• Forks- Wednesday, April 22, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Peninsula College

• Neah Bay – Thursday, April 23, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Marina building

See www.wacoastworks.org/calendar/ and click on a venue for location details.

Free Coast Works Ideation Events Coming Soon To Your Community

In April, Coast Works will offer five “ideation events” throughout the region (click here for details on locations and dates). These three-hour workshops will:

  • 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.
  • Introduce you to the entrepreneur’s mindset, the opportunity discovery process, and sustainable “triple bottom line” businesses.
  • Engage you in brainstorming activities designed to help generate ideas for new sustainable businesses that build leadership, contribute to conservation and keep money in the local economy.

Not everyone wants to start and run a business. But we all have the potential to be entrepreneurial. 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!

Ideation events are free and open to the general public. There is no need to register or RSVP. Everyone will learn something, and everyone’s voice will contribute to the process.  Applicants are encouraged – but not required – to participate.

Contact us at info@wacoastworks.org if you have any questions or for more information.

Small Business Gets a Boost

Washington Coast Works Sustainable Small Business Competition Launches

WASHINGTON COAST–Budding tribal and rural entrepreneurs on the Washington Coast will get a boost in developing small-scale sustainable businesses through a new competition funded in part by the US Department of Agriculture.

The competition, Washington Coast Works, is being sponsored by The Nature Conservancy in partnership with the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship at Pinchot University (formerly Bainbridge Graduate Institute) and the Taala Fund. USDA has granted $74,600 through its Rural Business Opportunity Grants to help launch the competition.

The goal is to launch sustainable local businesses that will increase local employment and have positive social, ecological, and economic impacts on their rural communities.

“We have a wealth of natural resources, and the talent to develop new, sustainable ways to use them,” said Rod Fleck, Forks city attorney/planner.  “This is a great opportunity for our community’s entrepreneurs to develop new businesses or improve existing ones.”

“I applaud the Nature Conservancy and its partners for establishing the Washington Coast Works Sustainable Small Business competition, and am proud to support this initiative to launch innovative entrepreneurial opportunities in our state’s rural and tribal communities,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA.

“This competition provides entrepreneurs in tribal and rural areas with the chance to turn an idea into a business that will create jobs and economic opportunity,” said Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-WA. “This is an investment in often under-served communities that will pay dividends for years to come on the Olympic Peninsula. I extend my thanks to the Nature Conservancy and its partners for developing the Sustainable Small Business Competition.”

“The Olympic Peninsula is chock-full of budding entrepreneurs looking to improve their communities – the Sustainable Small Business Competition can help provide that extra nudge needed to help them take off,” said Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-6th District. “Tribal and rural communities alike will benefit from this terrific opportunity to jump start local employment and catalyze private business innovation in sustainability and conservation. I applaud the Nature Conservancy and the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship for taking the lead on bringing this great support system to folks in our area.”

After an open application period, 10 semifinalists will be chosen to participate in an intensive business development training with the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (CIE). From the 10 semi-finalists, winners will receive $10,000 in seed funding.

CIE will continue to work one-on-one with all 10 semi-finalists who complete the training, to help successfully launch their businesses, including assistance with business model development, accessing capital, developing business skills, and connecting to networks of support.

The competition will be open to applicants starting new businesses in Grays Harbor, Jefferson and Clallam Counties, including the tribal communities of Neah Bay, La Push, Hoh, Queets and Tahola, as well as other rural communities, and the cities of Forks, Ocean Shores, Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Montesano, Cosmopolis and Westport.

Visit Washington Coast Works on the web at wacoastworks.org or contact Mike Skinner with CIE, (206) 780-6228, for more information.

Pinchot University is a pioneer in sustainable business and transformational leadership. Housed under Pinchot are the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, the Professional Development program of continuing education and the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship. Visit Pinchot on the Web at Pinchot.edu.

Taala Fund is a certified Native Community Development Financial Institution (Native CDFI) that has a mission to promote private business development and build assets on the Quinault Indian Reservation and among Quinault Tribal members, improving the quality of life for its people and communities. Visit the Taala Fund on the Web at taalafund.org

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working in Washington and around the world to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy in Washington on the Web at WashingtonNature.org.