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17 NC companies need your vote

Baker and owner Lionel Vatinet of La Farm bakery in Cary is one of 17 N.C. companies that is a finalist for an American Made contest.
Baker and owner Lionel Vatinet of La Farm bakery in Cary is one of 17 N.C. companies that is a finalist for an American Made contest. cliddy@newsobserver.com

Seventeen North Carolina companies are finalists in the American Made contest sponsored by Martha Stewart Living magazine, but they need your vote.

Ten winners will be chosen in the categories of food, style, craft and design. Nine will be chosen by judges, and one will be chosen by the public as a people’s choice award.

Each of the 10 winners will receive $10,000, a trip to New York City and a chance for exposure via Martha Stewart’s website, magazine and radio show.

The public voting is open and continues until Oct. 13.

Here are the Triangle companies in the running: mae’d bakery in Carrboro; La Farm Bakery in Cary; Raleigh Cake Pops in Creedmoor; Videri Chocolate Factory in Raleigh; White Whale Bold Mixers in Durham; and Heirloom Provisions in Durham.

Here are the other North Carolina companies in the competition: Elizabeth’s Pecan Products in Turkey; Queen of Oats in Cornelius; Smoke Signals in Marshall; Sugar Island Bakery and Supplies in Surf City; Little Black Dressing Co. in High Point; Carolina Wild in Pink Hill; Muddy River Distillery in Belmont; Blue Kudzu Sake Co. in Asheville; No Evil Foods in Asheville; Goat Lady Dairy in Climax; and Piemonte Farm in Burlington.

(One tip for voting from Jack Nales, a marketing specialist with the state agriculture department: enter the company’s name in the site’s search engine to avoid scrolling through multiple pages.)

To vote, go to marthastewart.com/americanmade.

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