Yakima County Development Association - Eight Finalists Announced in Enterprise Challenge

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Eight Finalists Announced in Enterprise Challenge

Eight Finalists Announced in Enterprise Challenge

November 02, 2012

New Vision, the Yakima County Development Association is pleased to announce that eight emerging businesses are advancing to the final round of the Enterprise Challenge business plan contest.  These entrepreneurs were selected by a group of 25 judges that met with and evaluated business plan contestants at an afternoon trade show yesterday. Based on their scores and evaluations, the judges ultimately picked the following companies to move on in our contest:

« Bastinelli's Best produces gourmet Italian sauces that come from authentic recipes passed down through Bastinelli family.  Michael’s unique blend of Yakima Valley farm fresh ingredients make his savory sauces a must have for every family meal.

« On The Rocks is Yakima’s first and only mobile bartending service.  The company provides party support by the hour or packages that can be customized to particular events.  A personalized mobile bar creates a fun atmosphere while experienced bartenders create crowd pleasing concoctions served with impeccable presentation;

« Painted Rocks Brewery is a brewpub that will feature excellent beers made on premise, great food with a truly unique twist.  The menu will feature a Hot Rock Grill that places the raw entrée in front of the patron for them to experience cooking themselves, as well as unique pizzas on spent grain crust;

« Tieton Craft Chocolates - a boutique chocolatier that creates a memorable chocolate culinary experience using locally sourced fresh ingredients in exquisite artisan, hand crafted batches.  Located in the heart of Tieton Washington they enjoy creating a pure chocolate experience from fresh, local, natural and pure ingredients

« Selah's Smiles is a dental practice that will initially focus on sedation dentistry for children and special needs patients - for those patients who reside in Yakima County. Children will be seen by a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. Future plans include expansion into treating all pediatric patients referred to them by general dentists;

« The Drawing Board will provide a central location for Valley residents and visitors to meet and enjoy quality hand crafted meats and cheeses alongside delicious regional beers and wines.

« Yakima Coupons will bring local businesses throughout the Yakima Valley in direct connection to consumers by providing savings through new technological mediums while also providing businesses the option to introduce themselves into a Spanish speaking market.

« Jolie Salon and Spa uses the revolutionary Jolie Color System© to consult with their clients about hair color, clothing, and makeup to create the most complementary composition. The Salon offers on-going professional education in hair coloring for licensed salon professionals. Salon Jolie also promises confidence in your good looks with expert services, styling and makeup lessons, and beauty products. Next week our finalists travel to Seattle to participate in Entrepreneur UniversityThis daylong workshop is a great experience for small businesses and our contestants will bring home lots of valuable advice and information.  After the Seattle road trip our entrepreneurs will have about three weeks to finalize their plans. Final judges will meet the contestants on December 6th and help us select our contest winners. 


We will announce our prize winning entrepreneurs at our awards luncheon on December 7th.

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