Kitsap Bank recently announced the eight finalists comprising its seventh annual edg3 FUND Small Business Competition.

These businesses will move on to compete in the final phases of the competition, which include interviews, pitches, and a public vote.

“We were impressed with the caliber of businesses represented in our applicant grouping, and their commitment to bettering their communities” stated Tony George, Kitsap Bank President/COO, in a press release. “Our finalists who come from this pool represent diverse industries and backgrounds, each benefiting from loyal community support.”

Created in 2014, the edg3 FUND is the bank’s annual small business competition that recognizes entrepreneurs dedicated to growing the community economically, socially, and environmentally. This year the competition will also recognize small businesses that have demonstrated innovation and resiliency during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following companies were selected as Finalists for the edg3 FUND competition:

Amma’s Umma, Port Angeles, WA — An intentionally sourced lifestyle boutique that seeks, in part, to create living-wage jobs for moms.

Aquagga Inc., University Place, WA — A hardware company that works to combat water contamination from toxic-forever chemicals.

Camp N Car, Port Townsend, WA — A company that specializes in outfitting vehicles for travelers.

Campfire Coffee, Tacoma, WA — A black-, female-, veteran-owned coffee roaster that seeks to make specialty coffee more accessible.

Five12 Apparel LLC, Sumner, WA — An outdoor company that makes comfortable and sustainably produced gear.

Sprout and Thistle, Bremerton, WA — A florist soon converting to STREET | EATS Bremerton.

Sylling’s Elderberry, Port Orchard, WA — A company that specializes in elderberry-based food products.

Unity Skate Shop, Port Orchard, WA — A family-owned retail store seeking to expand its reach.

Another phase of the competition begins Oct. 26 when the public is invited to vote for their favorite company. Those wishing to vote can vote online from Oct. 26 to Nov. 6. The Kitsap Bank website provides background information and videos about the eight finalists.

The results of the vote will determine the Public Favorite Award winner.

To learn more about the competition, visit Kitsap Bank’s website.