Republic County to Host Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge March 5th

6:00 pm – Tradeshow / Art Projects Open – 6:00 pm
7:00 pm – Speaker – Dan Douglas – Belleville Hometown Lumber
7:30 pm – YEC Awards
1st $750, 2nd $500, 3rd $250, 4th $50 Belleville Chamber Bucks, Best Marketing Award

Winner automatically qualifies for State YEC at KSU in April. Students can apply for a wild-card entry for another chance to qualify for state.

Republic County HS Gym
2405 P St.
Belleville, KS 66935

Belleville, KS – Republic County E-Community, in association with the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, announces the Republic County Youth EntrepreneurshipChallenge will take place in Belleville this March, as part of the 2018-2019 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) series. The competition will be held on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at Republic County High School Gym. The event is open to both Pike Valley and RepublicCounty students. The goal of the competition is to expose Kansas middle school and high school students to entrepreneurship and local resources that can assist them in the future.

“In the past, RCED focused on adult entrepreneurship, providing resources and small business loans. We made it easier for alumni to come home by connecting them with jobs, housing, and student loan repayment after they have left our county. Coming full circle, we added this youth program three years ago has become a catalyst in growing the county’s next generation of entrepreneurs,” stated Luke Mahin, Republic County Economic Development Director.

Republic County is one forty-one communities across Kansas to host a locally organized event designed to give students a hands-on entrepreneurship experience. The competition will consist of students preparing a written business plan or executive summary, a tradeshow booth, and a four-minute presentation. The students will be competing against each other for over $1,000 in prize money. The students’ work will be judged by local entrepreneurs, public sector partners, teachers, or other adults. This is the 3rd time Republic County has brought this competition to their community.

New this year will be art projects by RCHS and PVHS Art Classes featuring a local entrepreneurs thanks to a grant by Network Kansas to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week back in November.

“Students tell us each year how local entrepreneurship competitions open their eyes to new career possibilities, reward innovation and creative problem solving, and give them valuable experience presenting ideas to a panel of judges. It’s a wonderful gift that the community can give their youth,” says Anne Dewvall, Manager of the E-Community Partnership.

This is the third year for the Republic County YEC. The event has grown from 11 teams with 19 students to 29 teams with 63 students. In the first two years, the county has sent two teams on to State YEC. The local YEC champion receives an automatic bid and other students can qualify through a wild-card business plan submission. Last year the only other communities to do so were 4A sized schools or larger.

The annual YEC series culminates in a statewide championship, where the top students from each local competition face off against each other for prize money and other honors. The 2019 Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge held in April at Kansas State University.

For more information contact Luke Mahin, Republic County Economic Development, at 785-374-3047 or

For more information about NetWork Kansas or the E-Community Partnership, visit

2019 YEC Teams

AAA Farm Sitting Services Amber Cherney, Autumn Cardi, Anna Pachta
All About Wrestling Skiler Kitchen
B&B Boarding Facility Raelyn Bolte, Aubrey Blazek
C&R POOLS Miles  Rickard, Andrew  Cooper
CKC Sweet & Savory Snacks Caitlynn Foutch, Kadence  Henke, Camryn Reynolds
Cherry On Top Ice Cream Shop Fayeth Dahl, Savanna  Junek, Emma Erickson
Da Bois Designs Brady Myers, Zyden Robison
Everything Great Cupcakes and Cake Emma Hubert, Grace Baxter
Fab Fabrics Laney Thomas, Dakoda Muckey
Fox Desserts Breanna Reeves, Reese Douglas
Hartner Catering Hunter Hartner, Halle Hartner
Heimat Homes Emily Martin, Jony Dahl
J.E.M Trucking Elijah Field
MKR Company Raquel Roop, Meg White, Katlyn Horton
Meg’s Eggs Carson Simmons
Otter Creek Farms Dylan White, Jena Kunc
Pets Incorporated Sarah Rieke, Annie Bowers, Dominic Schultz
Playful Paws Brinna Stephens, Hattie Brzon, Lily Havel
Polar Guard Zachary Piroutek, Dillon Burnett
Rags to Riches Cleaning Quinn Sothers
Reptile Palace Kaitlyn Marquis, Christian Wurm
Slumberland & Storytime Care Kiah Kussman, Destiny Hammer
Snazzy Pets Sophia Rieke, Maria Bracamontes
Speed Zone 1000 Ed Peters, Sean Morgan, Koy larson
Sports Splash Gannon Couture, Gracia Siemsen, Austin Scrivner
Street Sweets Shanna Doyle, Hanna Orr
The Bomb Lip Balm Cassie Strickler
Traveling Vet Clinic Taeler Novak, Hannah Martin
White Rock Creek Outdoors Clayton Carlgren, Andrew  Garman, Noah  Vacek