Local business Dotz Allergy Friendly Baked Goods wins KeyBank’s Key4Women, TheWMarketplace, UW and UWT Women-Owned Business Pitch Contest


SEATTLE, WA/ACCESSWIRE/September 26, 2022/ KeyBank’s Key4Women Program, TheWMarketplace, University of Washington Foster School of Business, and University of Washington Tacoma Milgard School of Business announced local business, Dotz Allergy Friendly Baked Goods, as the winner of a competition business presentation for women-owned businesses (WOBs). located in Seattle and Greater Puget Sound. The event took place on September 15 at the UW Foster School of Business in Seattle.

Owner A Kouture won the grand prize of $20,000, which will go to Dotz’s Growth, in Tacoma, WA. Dotz Allergy Friendly Baked Goods is a maker of delicious, allergen-free treats for people with food sensitivities, medically modified diets, and overall health.

A Kouture was one of 10 finalists selected to compete for cash prizes totaling $47,000 from a field of 95 applicants. The UW Tacoma Milgard School of Business and the Foster School worked together to review and select entries that met the competition criteria. Businesses were required to include a detailed business plan, mini-market analysis, and profit projections for their service or product. All were judged by a panel of sponsor representatives in one of two categories, start-up or existing business. Other cash winners include:

  • Runner Up: Mattice Beauty Supply, Tacoma, WA – $5,000 Prize – Only black, women-owned beauty store in Tacoma with women-owned products.
  • Finalist: Lina Kim DDS, PS, Seattle, WA – $5,000 Prize – Mobile Dentistry – Floss Boss – will bring dental services to patients and give back to the community.
  • Bella’s Pet-Friendly Kitchen LLC, Seattle, WA – $2,500 – Seattle-based maker of premium dog food.
  • Cirkled In Inc – $2,500, Seattle, WA – Young professionals cloud platform for young GenZs to showcase their professional accomplishments and stay connected.
  • Fanatio, Inc. – $2,500, Tacoma, WA – Gamified social platform generating a fun and comprehensive fan experience with college and professional sports teams.
  • Onsight Physical Therapy LLC, Tacoma, WA – $2,500 – Cash-based business that provides physical therapy consultations and personal training.
  • The Bajan Station LLC – $2,500, University Place, WA – Foodservice operating as a stall at local farmers’ markets serving fresh, nutritious Caribbean dishes.
  • The City Loo – $2,500, Kirkland, WA – Hassle-free option to ensure pets’ needs are met.
  • The Neighborhood Plant Project LLC – $2,500, Tacoma, WA – Through the collection of donated plants, they are replanted and distributed to elderly and disabled people who may be housebound.

UW Foster School of Business provided support to women-owned businesses throughout the application process and with support from other sponsors to help them prepare their pitches.

“Congratulations to A and his team at Dotz Allergy Friendly Baked Goods for winning the grand prize. Their presentation was inspiring and we are very happy to help them grow and develop,” said Rachael Sampson, Country Director of Key4Women. “Women business owners and leaders positively impact our economy and communities every day, which is evident in the strength and diversity of applications we received.”

To be eligible, businesses had to be 51% owned, controlled, operated and managed by one or more women. They must also be headquartered in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston, or Kitsap counties.

The finalists presented a 4-minute pitch and answered questions for six minutes on September 15 at UW where the event took place.

The final awards were chosen by a panel of five judges, which included:

  • Kate Isler, CEO and co-founder of TheWMarketplace
  • Jimmy Ng, KeyBank, Senior Business Banking Relationship Manager
  • Matt Hill, President of KeyBank Seattle Cascades Market
  • Julie Pittsinger, Owner, Karma Vineyards
  • Faye Stephens, Owner, Ezell’s Famous Chicken

The criteria used to determine the winners included the quality of the presentation, the clarity of the company’s vision and mission, the economic impact of the idea and the strength of the value proposition.


Launched in 2020, TheWMarketplace is a national women-owned e-commerce marketplace for female entrepreneurs to sell their professional and personal products and services. Offering favorable terms to its sellers, it is also a supportive community of women entrepreneurs who have access to learning opportunities through HER-Commerce™ branded programs. With over 500 women-owned businesses selling over 3,500 products and services ranging from homewares to coaching, in over 35 states, TheWMarketplace offers shoppers a new way to find the communities they want to support, including those owned to black women and Latinas. , AAPI owned, female veteran owned, and more.


The UW Center for Business Consulting and Development connects Foster School of Business students, faculty, and staff to a racially and ethnically diverse business and nonprofit community to broaden knowledge and skills of students, help small businesses grow, create and retain jobs, open up educational opportunities for students from underrepresented minorities and stimulate innovative research on economic development.


The Milgard School of Business is at the epicenter of Tacoma and the Pacific Northwest’s cultural and economic growth, making it the perfect place to dream big about the future. One program, the Milgard Women’s Initiative, is a valuable resource within the school, supporting real-world mentoring and one-on-one pairing, inspiring long-term relationships with professional women. Students also receive negotiation and marketing support. Another program, within the Center for Business Analytics, is a hub for digital innovation. Our employment engine, a Master of Science in Accounting, a STEM curriculum, and the unique Sports Business Management program and student outreach helping businesses make the entire school a conduit between business students and diverse thriving communities that embrace us.


KeyCorp’s roots go back nearly 200 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation’s largest banking financial services companies, with assets of approximately $187.0 billion as of June 30, 2022. Key provides deposit, lending, cash and investment management to individuals and businesses in 15 United States as KeyBank National Association through a network of approximately 1,000 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs. Key also offers a wide range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as advice on mergers and acquisitions, public and private debt and capital, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies. in selected industries across the United States under the trade name KeyBanc Capital Markets. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is an FDIC member.


Key4Women began in 2005 as a campaign to lend $1 billion to qualified women-owned businesses within three years. The program achieved this in two years and has now generated more than $12 billion in loans to women-owned businesses. Membership of Key4Women is free. In addition to helping women entrepreneurs and owners tap into capital to start and grow their businesses, Key4Women members gain valuable access to a team of local, certified Key4Wome Consultants who champion, connect and empower women. women on their journey to financial well-being. For more information, visit key.com/key4women.

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