Thriving small businesses generate thriving communities. That’s the concept behind Business Impact NW’s IMPACT Pitch competition, in which small businesses committed to bettering their local communities compete for the chance to win cash prizes totaling $30,000.
Twelve semi-finalists — all start-up or early stage businesses less than three years old and located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or Alaska — have been selected after two rounds focused on mission and vision propositions, and financial projections and market research. The only Tacoma-based business remaining in the competition is Yoga Wild, a female-owned company committed to making yoga accessible and affordable for everyone.
“When more people have access to yoga, a community and its environment can be more cared for, loved, and sustained,” said co-founder Casey Hubbell in the four-minute video Yoga Wild made as a part of the competition.
“Our 15-person team includes instructors with diverse trainings and backgrounds, as well as a studio nanny for our kids and family classes. Realistically, more people can afford a $5 or $10 than a $20 class,” said co-founder Kelsey Alshememry, referring to the company’s sliding scale model that offers classes for $10, $5, or “good vibes.”
Support the vision of one of the 12 remaining semi-finalists by voting for your favorite every day from now until Aug. 28. Votes will help two businesses win $10,000 each, and five businesses win $2,000 each.
You can also attend the LIVE Pitch Event on Sept. 19 in Seattle to support the businesses as they make their final pitches.