The IDEA Competition has concluded its 2020-2021 season by naming and awarding one overall winner and four runners-up in the annual competition that aims to support northwest Minnesota entrepreneurs in turning their great ideas into great businesses.
Bobbie Davis, of Bemidji, was awarded $1,000 in cash and a $2,500 in-kind award from Evolve Creative, for an Awareness Campaign marketing package for her concept of Lost Lamb Loomery, a resource for those beginning to explore the world of fiber arts.
Davis, along with her husband, Dave Robertson, aims to offer easy-to-assemble and high-quality wooden looms and spinning wheel kits while also offering online training curriculum. Together, they want their concept to shepherd newcomers into and through the world of fiber arts.
Davis said the idea first germinated about two years when she was struck by the extraordinary costs to purchase her own loom.
“The prices are just astronomical, even the used ones,” she said, “so we started looking for plans (to build one).”
The plans they could find were not fully developed and the duo quickly realized that there was a hole in the marketplace that they could fill. They are now working to finalize their plans and working with businesses and building contacts to set up demonstrations.