Thirteen entrepreneurs from the Yukon-Kuskokwim region have received cash awards to help grow their businesses in this year’s Best in the West Small Business Competition.
Winning ideas include an online Alaska Native art dealership, arctic gardening, and a physical therapy and massage service.
The annual competition seeks to generate economic innovation in the YK Delta and is sponsored by businesses throughout Alaska. The Bethel Cultural Center along with the University of Alaska Kuskokwim Campus hosts the event. Prizes this year total $39,500.
The Cultural Center will host a reception for the winners on March 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Best in the West 2016 Winners
Anne Kosacheff, Anne’s Physical Therapy and Massage; Barb and Kirk Mosier, Kuskokwim Backwater Approach; Benjamin Charles, Alaska Native Arts Online; Bill Howell, Bill’s Meats; Chloe Jones and Cal Tony, Arctic Gardens; Eleanor Miller, Asspiat Neqkat Catering; Gail Alstrom, Eagle’s Nest Lodge; Joe Pete, Yupik Boss Detailer; Katie Basile, Katie Basile Photography; Ramon Nunez, Alaska Playground; Tatianna Berryman, Alaskan Northern Lights; Tiffany Tony, Kusko QueenZhi Hastie, Made with Love