This is the last week to vote for Dutch Monkey Doughnuts in the American Express OPEN Big Break for Small Businesses contest. The bakery is one of ten finalists in the competition, narrowed down from over 12,000 small businesses. Five winners chosen from the finalists will each win $25,000 from Facebook and American Express OPEN, and the companies will also provide the winners' communities with strategy sessions and "meet and learn" events during which they can learn from small business experts.
Co-owner Arpana Satyu says that she's "really excited about the community meeting aspect of the competition, because a lot of [their] friends are small business owners as well." Dutch Monkey Doughnuts, located in Cumming, also raises money for blood cancer research through the charity group Team Dutch Monkey. The shop is the only finalist from Georgia, so be sure to cast votes once a day until August 31 (winners will be announced around September 4). Watch Satyu and co-owner Martin Burge talk about their restaurant and the contest below.
· Meet Dutch Monkey Doughnuts [YouTube]
· Team Dutch Monkey [Official Site]
· Dutch Monkey Doughnuts [Facebook]
· AmEx OPEN Big Break Voting [Facebook]