A Web-based business founded by two Clintonville residents is in the running for a grant the owners say would allow the business to grow and to increase its eco-friendly practices.

A Web-based business founded by two Clintonville residents is in the running for a grant the owners say would allow the business to grow and to increase its eco-friendly practices.

BayingHound.com, which peddles earth-friendly products, is one of 50 small businesses that have been named as finalists for a grant competition from Intuit software that will hand out $300,000 in grants.

The company, run out of the Clintonville home of Alex and Rachel Tayse Baillieul, is looking for support from its fans and its community in obtaining the grant.

Grant winners are being selected through an online voting process. The 50 finalists, including BayingHound.com, have posted videos on what they do at community.intuit.com/contests. Visitors to the site can watch the videos on the businesses, then vote on the one they'd like to see win grant money.

"With a grant, we could take our business to the next level," said Rachel Tayse Baillieul. "We could convert a warehouse to alternative power, replace packaging with no-waste biodegradable bags and invest in more variety of earth friendly products people want to green their lifestyle."

Tayse Baillieul said she and her husband started the business three and a half years ago by chance. Alex Baillieul had some old military gear he wanted to get rid of. He put it on eBay, and it sold quickly.

From there, the Baillieuls began exploring selling items on eBay for profit.

"It was kind of a fluke," said Tayse Baillieul. "It wasn't things we could believe in. It wasn't things we could promote."

So the two began finding eco-friendly items from vendors that used sustainable manufacturing practices and selling those products, including dog collars made from organic cotton, purses made from repurposed yoga mats and stainless steel water bottles.

Tayse Baillieul said she believes the business has been a success because customers appreciate that BayingHound.com investigates all of its vendors to make sure they adhere to their mission and tries to keep their business practices eco-friendly as well.

"We really carefully vet all of our vendors," Tayse Baillieul said. "We try to reduce our personal impact as much as possible."

The business also donates 1 percent of its profits to charity.

Voting for the grant contest runs through May 31, and winners will be notified by June 4.

Tayse Baillieul said the grant would help the business continue to thrive in Clintonville.

"We are big supporters of the community, and we'd like to stay here and in business," she said.