Six new and emerging businesses from Yakima and Kittitas counties will vie for $17,500 in cash prizes during the final round of the Enterprise Challenge business plan competition.
A group of 25 judges chose the finalists out of 12 contestants who participated in the competition’s trade show Thursday. During the show, the contestants set up displays with information about their businesses and spoke with judges. The top six competitors moved on to the final round.
During the final round of the competition, which will span several weeks, contestants will participate in more business workshops and work on their final business plans, which they will submit in early March.
The six businesses selected as finalists are:
• Ag Drone Data Services, a firm that provides early detection of crop health and monitoring solutions and field analysis services for farms, vineyards and orchards to improve yields.
• Creative Ceramics and Art Café, a walk-in art studio that offers classes on glazing pottery, fused glass mosaics, and painting. Patrons can also purchase locally sourced espresso and food while making their creations.
• HolBen Honey LLC, a local family-owned apiary and honey-bottling operation look to bring varieties of honey and bees to the Yakima Valley.
• MAK Daddy Coffee Roasters, a Yakima-based shop that offers locally roasted premium coffee, premium loose-leaf teas and locally sourced food items.
• Round Tuit Kitchen, an eatery whose baked goods minimize blood sugar and insulin spikes and are gluten-free, sugar-free and natural.
• Taqueria La Palapa, a restaurant that serves fresh and authentic Mexican street food.
The top three contestants, which will be announced during a banquet March 28, will receive cash prizes of $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500, respectively.