Contact: Tom Lamar

Palouse Knowledge Corridor Co-Chair

Palouse Knowledge Corridor™ awards aim to highlight local entrepreneurs

March 13, 2017 (Moscow, Idaho; Pullman, Washington) — Nominations are open for the Palouse Knowledge Corridor’s Entrepreneur of the Palouse Awards, which will be given during the PKC’s Be the Entrepreneur Bootcamp May 21-25 in Pullman, Washington, and Moscow, Idaho.

Forms are now available for download (page 1, page 2).

“The Palouse region is a fertile area for businesses to germinate and grow, but due to the specialized customer base of some of our companies, their success is not always visible to the local communities,” said Francis Benjamin, past co-chair of the PKC and its representative from Washington State University. “The entrepreneur award is an opportunity to recognize the outstanding businesses that are growing and investing in their communities.”

Three $1,000 awards will be given to winners in three categories for businesses and non-profits that have had an impact on Palouse growth and commerce. The categories are Business, Rising Star and Nonprofit. All businesses must be located in Whitman or Latah counties. Nominations will be accepted until April 7.

The Business award winner must have been located on the Palouse for at least five years, and its establishment or growth will have affected the region. The Rising Star category is open to both businesses and individuals who are new to the region and who have had a recent impact. The nonprofit winner must also have been located on the Palouse for at least five years and provide economic benefit to the community. All award winners must have a demonstrated commitment to community engagement or volunteerism. The one-page nomination forms are available online at

The Palouse Knowledge Corridor’s Be the Entrepreneur Bootcamp is a five-day event aimed at entrepreneurs in value-added agriculture, health and technology. The three topics were selected based on area expertise and regional demand, and bootcamp instructors represent the best in research, agriculture, health, technology and business in a two-university, technology-rich region. Daily sessions will include lectures, practical experience, assignments and takeaways, as well as networking opportunities.

More information about the Palouse Knowledge Corridor is online at For more information on the bootcamp or to register, go to The Palouse Knowledge Corridor’s Be the Entrepreneur Bootcamp is May 21-25 in Moscow, Idaho, and Pullman, Washington.



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