Three local businesses compete for $5,000 prize

Three small businesses from Wright County have entered the Dream Big, Grow Here contest looking for a shot at a $5,000 regional prize, and maybe even the statewide $10,000 grand prize. The three businesses are Beyond Baby, based out of Eagle Grove and owned by Liz Neighbors; Wright Eyes by Danny, based out of Clarion and owned by Danny DeVries; and The Green Impact Company, based out of Eagle Grove and owned by Laura Dicke.

                These three businesses are competing with nine others in the North Iowa region. The regional finalists will be determined through online voting. The polls are open from Nov. 4 through Nov. 18. Anyone with a Facebook account can vote for their favorite business one time each day.  At the end of the voting period, the five businesses with the highest number of votes will compete in a “pitch-off” to a panel that will decide the winner. The winner of the North Iowa regional prize will be eligible to compete for the $10,000 statewide prize.

                Beyond Baby has been in business just short of a year, helping new mothers learn about breastfeeding. Neighbors started the business after being a nurse and a mother who was frustrated with feeding her child. She realized that there was no service in the area that helped mothers breastfeed, and went to fill the niche. 

Read the full article in the Nov. 7 edition of the WCM.