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By Dan Rudy 

Local businesses highlighted in regional competition


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Marja Smets and Bo Varsano harvest onions they've grown at their farm at Farragut Bay. Smets was named as one of 12 finalists in the running for this year's Path to Prosperity entrepreneurial competition, for a localized farming proposal she submitted.

On Monday organizers of the regional business development competition Path to Prosperity announced their 12 finalists for 2018, three of which come from Petersburg and Wrangell.

Focused on encouraging entrepreneurship in Southeast Alaska communities, P2P is a programming partnership between Spruce Root Inc. and The Nature Conservancy. The latter is an environmental organization centered in Arlington, Virginia, while the former is a rebranding of Haa Aaní Economic Development and its associated community development fund, projects supported by Sealaska Corporation in Juneau.

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