Redmond based Microsoft is in its second year of running a contest to help entrepreneurs and small businesses grow. From the hundreds of entries that the company received, a selected panel chose ten finalists, including Fort Boards, a building set for kids developed by a North Seattle man, August Graube.
Fort Boards is the only Pacific Northwest representative in this national contest. The toy company, having just recently brought its first product to market, hopes to use the contest winnings to launch new product lines.
Microsoft’s Small Business Contest is in the final round where the winner is decided by a public voting process, and the grand prize winning business will win $20,000. Fort Boards currently leading in the public voting process.
The top ten finalists include a Los Angeles company that makes fashionable protective gear for motorcyclists, an Ohio company making therapeutic bone broths, and a surf apparel company from New Jersey.More ›