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.
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“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about NetWork Kansas or the E-Community Partnership, visit www.networkkansas.com.
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|