Thornberry area resident and business owner, Jacob Morath, was chosen as a finalist for IdeaWF, a business competition that offers monetary and in-kind awards to entrepreneurs in Clay, Wichita and Archer counties. He is one of seven finalists competing for the first place prize of $35,000 in cash and in-kind services. Cash and prizes are also awarded to the second and third place winners.
Morath’s business, The Taxidermists’ Woodshop, manufactures wood products for the taxidermy industry. He began operations in October 2009 and makes the products at his manufacturing site. He sells his products exclusively on-line to taxidermists. He has local, national and international customers who order his products through his website, www.taxidermistwoodshop.com.
Morath plans to expand The Taxidermists’ Woodshop and would use his contest winnings to fund a move to a larger facility to meet his growing production needs.
IdeaWF is sponsored by the Lalani Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at Dillard College of Business at Midwestern State University and the Small Business Development Center at MSU. The goal of the competition is to assist entrepreneurs in starting or expanding their businesses.
The winner will be announced on April 19 at a luncheon at MSU.