(Release) The 2016 Washburn County Creative Concept Contest has come to a close.  The judging panel evaluated applications and business plans based on feasibility of the idea, job creation, potential growth of the business or service, product and market knowledge.   Several applications for the 2016 WCEDC Creative Concept Contest were received and all applications were merit worthy. We hope to continue working with all of the entrants to continue the process of expanding or starting their businesses.  There are great ideas in all corners of Washburn County!  

The following awards were presented:

First Place $2500:  Rurup Metal Fab 

Purchase of a CNC Plasma Cutting System for making custom metal signs and manufacturing metal components.

Second Place $1000:  Sylvin Companies

Upgrade facility for producing Ultra Coat, the world's first coating system for Styrofoam, block and poured concrete foundations or walls without using any form of mesh as well as Ultra Coat concrete Repair and Ultra Coat Stain and Restore Stain.

Third Place $250:  DrydenWire.com

Expand Marketing Plan to help increase viewership over the next year of publishing news and information for Washburn County.

Third Place $250:  Lakes and Trails

Expand Marine and Small Engine Business to include Pontoons for daily and weekly rentals.

All contest winners also receive an advertising package with Zoe Communications Radio Stations.   

Thank you to all Businesses that submitted applications, the judging panel and our sponsors, Shell Lake State Bank, Bank Mutual and Bank of the West!

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