Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Winners

Belleville, KS – Republic County Economic Development, in association with the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, hosted the 1st Annual Republic County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Monday, March 6th at the RCHS Library.

Eleven teams competed from Pike Valley and Republic County schools.  Students were judged on three items: three-page executive summary, two-minute elevator pitch, and tradeshow booths.

Shannon Short owner of B Defined Fitness / Turning Pointe dance studio was our featured speaker. Shannon spoke about how him and his wife Kendra, a Belleville native, utilized local the NetWork Kansas E-Community revolving loan funds and the ROZ Student Loan Repayment program to get started with their business and family here.


1st Place ‘No Place Like Home Pet Sitting’ – Jentry McGregor  – $750
*Automatic qualifier for the State YEC competition at FHSU*
In-home pet sitting service that provides unique care at various levels to meet customer demand.

2nd Place ‘WiseHart’ – Natalie Wise / Halle Hartner – $500
*Our only junior high team, not bad for 7th graders.*
WiseHart produces healthy meals that people may take home and require little preparation.

3rd Place ‘Caddie Shack’ – Justin Tietjen / Nicholas Piroutek – $250
Golf retailer fulfilling golfing needs through sales of various golf products, club fitting, and golf lessons. Located at the former Farm & Home building on the square in Belleville.
4th Place ‘Republic County Rentals’ – Tory Isaacson –  – $100 from Cunningham Telephone
Residential rental listing website for the county, providing listings for landowners and ad services for vendors.
5th Place ‘Rustic Rose’ – Elly Dahl / Riley Woodward / Karlie Strutt – $100 from Nextech
Rustic Rose provids men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing; along with tack and ranching supplies (ropes, hats, saddles). Located at the former Barnyard Gifts on HWY 81 Belleville.
6th Place ‘Sheets Closet’ – Audrey Sheets / Madison Scott – $50 Belleville Chamber Bucks
Sheets Closet provides clothing to females by the means of social media. They upload pictures of each item of clothing with the description, price, and any other information needed to Instagram.
‘Planting With Macy’ – Macy Rickard 
Macy provides planting/ yard services in the area to help you clean our your flower bed and update your gardens. She also plans to collaborate with a local landscape designer to expand her design services.
‘A & C Machine’ – Christian Tipton / Ashton Holmes 
A & C Machine works to provide local ag producers affordable service and after-market parts. They specialize in rebuilding engines and sourcing drive train parts for tractors.
‘Creative Kids Workshop’ – Rachel Sanpaka  
Rachel’s business is a workshop for kids who want to experience the arts for an after-school / summer activity to fill the need for art education in elementary schools.

‘One Loop at a Time’ – Cheneal Benne 
One Loop at a Time I provides affordable crochet works such as pot holders, coasters, and coozies.

 ‘Trailer Pork Boyz’ – McKenzie Cromwell / Mikel Cottenmyre / Noah Springer
A food truck that specializes in pork products offering lunch and supper in Belleville on the square.


State Championship Overview

The YEC State Championship is the ultimate competition for the best young entrepreneurs from NetWork Kansas Entrepreneurship Communities. The thirty-six best business ideas from the winners of local YEC series competitions held across the state and a wildcard round face off in Hays to compete for prize money, gain support for their ideas, and meet other passionate young entrepreneurs.

  • April 24, 2017 in Hays, Kansas
  • $11,000 in prize money
  • Winners of the 22 YEC series events & best 14 wildcard business ideas
  • Competition phases:
    • Executive Summary
    • Elevator Pitch
    • Finalist Presentations
    • Separate Tradeshow Competition