Lisa Daugherty of Juneau Compost

Lisa Daugherty of Juneau Compost

Sylvia Heinz Bieberich and Chad Bieberich of Mud Bay Lumber Company

Sylvia Heinz Bieberich and Chad Bieberich of Mud Bay Lumber Company


Congratulations to Mud Bay Lumber Company and Juneau Composts!

Congratulations to Sylvia and Chad at Mud Bay Lumber Company and Lisa at Juneau Composts, 2018 Path to Prosperity Winners! After careful deliberation, the judges have selected these two exciting local businesses to receive awards of $25,000 each for consulting and technical assistance. All of the finalists and contestants have worked hard over the past year submitting applications, attending business Boot Camp, and writing detailed business plans.  We are proud of all the businesses who participated in the Path to Prosperity Program this year and look forward to supporting their continued growth. The winners will be formally announced and given their awards at the 2019 Mid-Session Summit hosted by Southeast Conference on February 12.

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Juneau Composts

Juneau Composts performs natural alchemy, packages it, and resells it, all while reducing the noxious waste in our landfill.  They take your kitchen scraps, cook them with thermophilic microorganisms and turn them into rich soil ready for the garden. So far they have diverted more than 111,900 lbs of material from the landfill, turning it into earthy-smelling goodness. They also provide compost education and technical support. They are currently the only composting service available in Juneau and they serve households and businesses of all kinds.

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Mud Bay Lumber Company

Mud Bay Lumber Company is a family-based small-scale sawmill focused on community collaboration, environmental integrity, and self-reliance. Nestled in the rainforests of Haines, Alaska, they manufacture and sell local hand-picked, quality trees in the form of rough cut boards, slabs, and other added-value wood products. They promote the responsible use of natural resources through a zero log-waste goal, operating within the limits of the State Forest Management Plan, and by using each tree to its opportune use. By making local timber products accessible and affordable to the Haines community, Mud Bay Lumber Company is also helping to eliminate the fuel and plastic packaging used in long-distance transportation of lumber. They are invested in making local resources accessible and affordable to their community and growing the Haines timber industry into a stable part of the economy.


Path to Prosperity Partners

This years competition was made possible by a partnership between Spruce Root, Inc., The Sustainable Southeast Partnership, The Nature Conservancy, and Southeast Conference, along with in-kind donations from more than a dozen local businesses. The Path to Prosperity program is organized by Spruce Root, formerly Haa Aani LLC. Over the past 6 years, the program has attracted more than 200 Southeast Alaskan applicants, trained 64 businesses at our business boot camp, and awarded $460,000. For more information, check out our website. Applications for the 2019 cycle open on April 1 and close May 31, 2019.