Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Jigsaw selects competition finalists


Three finalists have been announced for Jigsaw's "Entrepreneurs Just Do It" competition, the nonprofit organization's second annual business plan competition. They are Artocracy, owned by Megan Murphy; Dignified Designs, owned by Gini Ballou; and Lizzy's Fresh Coffee, owned by Liz Roquet.

Six other start-up business plans were submitted by their founders. Each entrepreneur will receive detailed feedback on pros, cons, possibilities for their business idea and follow-up mentoring.

"The competition brings entrepreneurs out of the woodwork looking for feedback, assistance, guidance, whatever, and they drink up the mentoring," said Jima Rice, Jigsaw's president.

Jigsaw is dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs, small businesses, and a sustainable economy in the Wood River Valley.

According to a news release from the organization, Jigsaw recently won a $20,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study the feasibility of a business incubator in the Wood River Valley. An additional $5,000 in community matching funds were required by the USDA to get the grant. Jigsaw topped that $5,000 requirement last Friday and will send out a request for proposal for a consultant to do the study.

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