We are proud to announce the twelve businesses participating in Startup Mendocino. With an incredible outpouring of more than 82 applications, it’s clear that entrepreneurial ingenuity is alive and well in Mendocino County. More than ever, people are demonstrating that innovation, dedication to community and ideas involving sustainability, and new products and services abound here in our County. WestBDC is passionate about sparking new thinking about what is possible here, and it is obvious that Mendocino County has a great deal of entrepreneurs doing exciting things.

Said Mary Anne Petrillo, CEO of WestBDC, “We were wowed by the breadth and depth of ideas and businesses that applied to Startup Mendocino. We want to extend a huge congratulations to everyone who applied, and those who were selected to participate in Startup Mendocino. We’re really looking forward to seeing our community come out to the Gala event August 25th to decide who will win the grand prize.â€

Participants in Startup Mendocino:

  • Brian Newell, Footwear design

  • Lee White, Herbal tea product

  • Scott Strong, Plastic recycling product

  • Daniel Jordan, Defensible space projects

  • Lama Nasser, Organic food product

  • Michelle La Marr, Holistic wellness center

  • Lia Wilson, Co-working space

  • Jenny Burnstad, Natural Building Arts and Innovation Center

  • Alberto Alcado, Mobile tech repair

  • Kate Maxwell, Online newspaper

  • Zach Hughes, Commercial alcoholic beverage

  • Sarah Brownstone, Organic Chicken farm

We are also very excited to announce that the Economic Development and Financing Corporation (EDFC) has come on as a Startup Mendocino sponsor with the $1,250 fourth prize. They will present the prize at the Gala event August 25th.

Tickets Go on Sale Today

For those who want to have a hand in determining who wins Startup Mendocino, tickets for the August 25th Competition Gala go on sale today. Every audience member will have a chance to cast their vote for which business they think is worthy of the grand prize. Tickets are $10 and include, beer, wine, refreshments, food and family-friendly entertainment. Click here to buy tickets now.

Startup Mendocino is a Business Bootcamp and Pitch Competition designed to spark new thinking about what is possible in Mendocino County through entrepreneurship. Startup Mendocino is sponsored by the West Business Development Center, America’s SBDC, The John and Sandra Mayfield Economic Development Fund at the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, Adventist Hospital, Savings Bank of Mendocino County, Economic Development and Financing Corporation, Mendocino College, North Coast Brewery, Harvest Market, The John Pack and Linda Francis Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, and the Ukiah, Coast and Willits Chambers of Commerce and The Coast, KOZT, and the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity.

Startup Mendocino is supported by the Small Business Administration and California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Office of Business & Economic Development.

As always, to sign up for free business advising from WestBDC go here.

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