Four businesses are finalists in Mohawk Valley EDGE competition

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - There are four finalists in the Mohawk EDGEccelerator Business Competition sponsored by NBT Bank. The winner will receive $20,000 cash and a loan of up to $50,000.

Three of the four finalists are located in Sherrill. They are: Aqua Vita Farms, Joe's Jerky and Country Store and Noble Wood Shavings. Store Scan Shred in Rome is also one of the final four.

The finalists will make their case to judges over the next few weeks. The winner will be announced during the inaugural EDGE Locavore Dinner, March 6, 2012 at the Resource Center for Independent Living, located at 1607 Genesee Street in Utica.

"The evening will be a celebration of small businesses and the bounty of the region," said Mary Rizzo-Bonney, spokesperson for Mohawk Valley EDGE. "Leading up to the announcement of the winner, the dinner will consist of a guided tasting of local foods grown and produced within a 50 mile radius." Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased by calling 338-0393.

The contest was open to companies who have been in business for 3 years or less, who are engaged in manufacturing, wholesale, technical, scientific or commercial services and located within Oneida or Herkimer counties.

"We look forward to working with all of our business competition entrants to offer them appropriate services to help their businesses become flourishing parts of the Mohawk Valley economy," said EDGE President Steven J. DiMeo. "We thank our sponsors for their support in helping to make this another successful contest, and for their roles in growing our regional economy."

From Mohawk Valley EDGE:

A closer look at the four finalists:

Aqua Vita Farms, LLC
Aqua Vita Farms is an indoor aquaponic farm selling seafood and produce to the wholesale industry. Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil). The result is local, safe, organic food for year round distribution.

Joe's Jerky and Country Store
Joe's Jerky is a manufacturer of USDA beef jerky located in the city of Sherrill, NY. The small, family owned company is expanding to introduce new product lines and expand their wholesale market distribution channels .

Noble Wood Shavings
Noble Wood Shavings, established in 2010, manufactures high quality, healthy wood shavings for the discriminating equine professional. They are Central New York's only manufacturing facility solely dedicated to producing quality bedding for the equine industry.

Store Scan Shred (SSS)
Store Scan Shred's mission is to deliver a comprehensive and custom solution to any business which requires short and long term records management. Beyond storing records, the company provides a secure Records Management System and a skilled workforce to make document management fast, easy and affordable to its clients.

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