After many months of anticipation, Kitsap Bank announced today (Nov. 20) the winners of this year’s edition of the annual edg3 FUND Awards, a small-business competition the bank launched in 2014.
The awards this year slightly diverged from previous iterations in that COVID-19 response and perseverance became major factors in the selection process.
At a virtual announcement ceremony streamed on YouTube, it was announced that Tacoma’s Campfire Coffee had won the $5,000 Public Favorite Award, which recognizes the business that receives the highest number of votes from the public via an online survey. Amma’s Umma won the $5,000 Community edg3 Award, which is given to a business deemed “most committed to making a difference in its community.” Sylling’s Elderberry won the created-for-2020 $10,000 Innovation Award, which goes to a company that most shows creativity and resilience.
The grand prize — which amounts to $25,000 and goes to a business deemed by a panel of judges to have best demonstrated a commitment to the triple bottom line business model (economic, social, and environmental consciousness) — was given to Campfire Coffee.
Bremerton’s STREET|EATS, Port Townsend’s Camp N Car, University Place’s Aquagga Inc., Sumner’s Five12 Apparel LLC, and Port Orchard’s Unity Skate Shop rounded out the rest of the finalists.
No one went home empty-handed. In a departure from previous years, Kitsap Bank gave every finalist who had not received one of the major awards a $1,000 prize.
“We endured a lot just to get open,” Campfire Coffee co-owner Quincy Henry, who founded the business with his wife Whitni and plans to use the funds to expand capacity, told South Sound Business following the announcement. “The [Tacoma] community has rallied behind us, and it’s just been awesome to be a part of this community — I don’t think there’s a community like this.”
To watch the awards, go to YouTube.