By Medicine Hat News on July 11, 2019.
Several entrepreneurs with ties to the Hat are finalists for a $100,000 business boosting prize to be awarded by Telus after voting concludes today.
They include a well known local honey purveyor, and two former Hatters who invented what they say is a better fishing rod holder.
They are now among the finalists of the Telus Top 100 pitch competition.
Finalist Stella Stehn’s company, Sweet Pure Honey, is well-known to locals as the Hat-based Stehn has long marketed her prairie produced line of honey and beeswax products in the city.
Brad Martin and Garry Dintheer were born and raised in Medicine Hat, but invented the “Rod Sprocket” while fishing in the Kootenays where they now live near Trail, B.C.
The patented contraption, which features a distinctive logo and no moving parts, has a strap to side-mount the holder to a chair, tree or tackle box in case of hard ground or rock shelf.
The pair has been selling the device at trade shows and several major retailers for years. They are based in Fruitvale, B.C.
Voting in the competition concludes on July 11. Details and voting are available through the Telus website.
Two other finalists will receive $10,000 each.
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