Each of the collaborators involved in this project will bring their respective organizational strengths to ensure the success of the initiative.

  • The Nature Conservancy (TNC) works to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. In addition to land and water conservation, TNC is working to support healthy and sustainable communities on the Washington Coast. TNC’s role in the project is to support entrepreneurs in local communities to develop conditions that foster sustainable management of local natural resources.
  • The Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (CIE) provides first step entrepreneurship and enterprise development support aimed at sustainable community economic development. CIE will coordinate the overall competition, help develop needed partnerships and sponsorships from local business groups, coordinate the training program and provide training and technical support to participants.
  • Enterprise for Equity (E4E) is a South Puget Sound microenterprise initiative that has been helping people with limited incomes start small businesses since 1999. E4E provides business planning, technical assistance and support services to help people increase their income, confidence and financial security. E4E’s role in the project is to help CIE support participants with ongoing training and one-on-one mentoring.
  • The University of Washington’s Olympic Natural Resource Center (ONRC) located on the Olympic Peninsula in Forks, Washington provides scientific information and services to address critical issues relating to forestry and aquatic resources. It serves as a catalyst for interdisciplinary and collaborative work, bringing expertise from forestry, ocean, and fishery sciences together with local commercial interests for the benefit of the rural and urban communities on Washington’s outer coast. ONRC’s role in the project is to help unite researchers, students, professionals, local stakeholders, and the public.