Homer Woman Wins $1,000 In 'BIZ Idea' Contest


     The winners of Homer’s annual “Biz Idea” contest have been announced and one of them is $1,000 richer.

     The contest is a cooperative effort between the Friends of the Homer Library, the Homer Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Small Business Development Center. It was created to encourage entrepreneurship and innovative business ideas for the southern Kenai Peninsula. Twenty-two ideas were submitted this year and were judged for their innovation, uniqueness, economic impact and sustainability. 

     The first prize of $1,000 went to Susannah Webster for her “Bay Baby Caregiver Network” idea, which would connect caregivers with local families who need short-term care or occasional babysitting.

     The second prize of $650 was awarded to Michael Mungoven for “Knob Hill Craftworks,” a line of custom furnishings that uses local woods, including salvaged beach logs.

     The Friends of the Homer Library will present the “Biz Idea” winners with their prizes at a ceremony January 8th.