Boise, Id., August 2, 2007 – Lucky Bums, Inc., a Boise-based manufacturer of children’s skiing and snowboarding safety equipment, has made it to the semi-final round in the Forbes inaugural Boost Your Business contest, a competition that stands to earn this Idaho small business $100,000 to invest back into their company.
A panel of judges selected Lucky Bums based on how owners Jeff and Julie Streeter would use the $100,000 prize to boost their business and other criteria. Now it’s up the online votes from Forbes.com readers to determine if they can make it to the final round.
Anyone with an Internet connection can cast a vote between August 1-31, 2007, to help determine five finalists from the 20 semi-finalist entries at www.forbes.com/byb/byb07_luckybums.html
The Streeter’s have created an affordable line of high-quality children’s ski gear that shortens the learning curve and lengthens the opportunities for family enjoyment. With the Lucky Bums line currently available online and in retail stores like REI, Dick’s Sporting Goods and The Sports Authority, the Streeter’s believe winning this contest could give them the financial boost and nationwide exposure they need to effectively compete in the sporting goods industry alongside much larger equipment manufacturers.
“Making it to this round is outstanding. It’s great to represent Boise, and it’s great to think about the potential winning a competition like this could do,” said Jeff Streeter, who founded Lucky Bums in 2003 with his wife Julie to make children’s outdoor equipment that compares to the craftsmanship and technology found in adult gear. “Our goal is to become the experts in technical gear for active kids.”
Each of the five finalists will receive a trip to Forbes.com in New York City, New York, to offer a live, 20 minute presentation to the judges, scheduled for early October. The presentations will be videotaped for airing on Forbes.com.