Kitsap Bank Opens 2018 Small Business Competition

Realizing that one of the biggest barriers for entrepreneurs is lack of funding, Kitsap Bank is offering $20,000 through its edg3 FUND small business competition to help entrepreneurs dedicated to growing our local community economically, socially and environmentally. The goal of the competition is to provide funding that will make a significant difference to the applicant’s business, which addresses a need or solves a problem in an “out-of-the-box” way.

Competition Timeline:

Entry Period: July 2-July 31 at 5pm
Judges Select 10-15 Semifinalists: August 24
Public Voting/Private Judging: September 17-28
Top 5 Finalists Selected: October 5
Live Event-Finalists make their pitches and a panel of independent judges will award $20,000: November 15, 2018

For complete details and application visit the website:


Competition is open to:

  • Legally registered and existing Western Washington based businesses.
  • Western Washington residents 18 years of age or older with an existing business

2017 Winner – Home Made Cafe

Home Made Cafe was established when the owners’ ten-year-old daughter fell very ill, and ultimately was diagnosed with an allergy to high fructose corn syrup. For the family, going out to eat was nearly impossible. Their experiences with food allergies motivated them to create a café where families with food allergies could come and enjoy a meal made from scratch with quality ingredients (non-processed). Home Made Cafe not only serves real food, but they also give back to the community by donating to the South Kitsap Helpline Food Bank and participating in a program called Lunch Camp, which provides free lunches for kids in need in the community. At the Home Made Cafe, they make “Real Food for Real People.”

Read more winner stories on the competition website >>


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