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.
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.
‘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