Thursday April 11, 2013 | 03:18 PM

VitaminSea Seaweed, a year-old company out of Buxton, is on the short list for the Entrepreneur of the Year award with the national Slow Money organization. With a $50,000 prize at stake, the company has been launched from the state level to the national stage in hopes of gaining more funding for the company.

VitaminSea is one of 25 companies from various state selected to present to a much larger group of potential national investors and gain exposure as a national food producer of Maine seaweed products.

Mainers can support VitaminSea's efforts by clicking on the link below to cast a vote for the company online.

Vote for VitaminSea here...

VitaminSea will make a presentation about their company at the Entrepreneurs Showcase at the national Slow Money meeting held in Denver on April 30.

Slow Money Maine, which helps connect local investors with food producers, hosts regular food-related meetings (the next one is May 15 at Viles Arboretum in Augusta) to help start-ups and small companies meet private parties who want to help small businesses that may not otherwise qualify for bank loans. The Maine chapter has helped businesses find over two million dollars of financial assistance to small Maine farms and food-related companies.

Natural Foodie columnist, Avery Yale Kamila, offers a bit more background – Natural Foodie: Demand for VitaminSea products grows like a weed – about how quickly VitaminSea's business has grown (Oct. 24, 2012).

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Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.

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