Caroline Hayden LLC and Real Good Bath and Body make the cut

    The IDEA Competition has released the names of its 2018 finalists who are moving into the final phase of the competition, and two of them are based in Crookston.

    They are:

    • Boffins Technology – Michael Hendricks, Bemidji
    • Caroline Hayden LLC – Caroline Hayden, Crookston
    • EthnoTrax – Dave Wall, Bemidji
    • Real Good Bath and Body – Carol Simmons, Crookston
    • Safe-D-Transfer – Duane Lillevold, Bemidji
    • Summer Kitchen Supplies Inc – Mark Schultz, Bemidji

    This year’s winners will be selected by a judging panel comprised of members from the three area equity funds, bankers, successful entrepreneurs, and business development professionals. The panel will choose up to three winners who will each receive $10,000 to advance their business idea, plus additional technical assistance.

Winners will be announced at the 10th Annual IDEA Competition Awards Banquet to be held April 23, from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Beaux Arts Ballroom on the campus of Bemidji State University. IDEA will also present Grant Oppegaard with the Regional Impact Award at the banquet.

For more information on the IDEA Competition and to purchase tickets to the awards banquet, go to

IDEA assists the most promising local entrepreneurs in the commercialization of innovative products, processes and deliveries by connecting them to the best resources available along with access to the capital if takes to launch a successful venture.

IDEA sponsors are: Border State Bank, Bremer Bank Crookston and Warren, First National Bank Mahnomen, Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, Minnkota Power Cooperative Inc., Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Northwest Minnesota Small Business Development Center, Security Bank USA, University of Minnesota Crookston.