Congratulations to the three winners selected in this years Houlton Entrepreneur Challenge. The winners will share over $35,000 in prizes plus incentives.

The Houlton Entrepreneur Challenge program is designed to be an innovative approach to local business recruitment and retention. It's one way to assist new or expanding businesses with expenses while also providing basic business knowledge and guidance in developing a business plan.

The three winners selected are Shiretown Stoves and Outdoor Living, Green Minnow Media, and Raising The Bar.

All three winners will receive forgivable loans for amounts based on their specific needs.  Donated services from program partners are also being awarded.

Included in their packages, Shiretown Stoves and Outdoor Living will receive funding for signage, computers, and equipment for the new store; while Green Minnow Media will receive funding for an upgraded computer and specialized 3D and production software; and Raising The Bar will receive funding for equipment, franchise fees, and initial rent.

Further information on the Houlton Entrepreneur Challenge is available on the Town's website at www.houlton-maine.com or SADC's website at www.sadcaroostook.org.

More information is available by calling ketch at 207-521-5938 or McLaughlin at 207-521-0157.

Congratulations to all three winners in the Houlton area.