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Enterprise Challenge Contestants: Where Are They Now?

August 18, 2014

The Enterprise Challenge business plan contest kicks off soon and we are very pleased with the contest’s impact after four years.  The event has become a great way to celebrate small business and support promising ventures within our Valley.  Over 80 entrepreneurs have competed in the contest since its inception and many of them have gone on to start businesses in our communities. 

We halt textave stayed in touch with most of our contestants and many of them are doing well.  Here are updates from a few of our Enterprise Challenge participants.    

Mike Bastinelli competed in 2012 Challenge with his Bastinelli’s Best pasta sauces.  Since then he has worked hard to create partnerships, brand his sauces and place his quality products on store shelves in five local grocers.  “The contest helped me define my business and plan for its future,” said Bastinelli recently.  “It helped me focus on what I wanted to do and work out all the details of how to get there”. Mikes persistence has paid off and he’s looking forward to expanding to new markets in the near future 

Kristina and Nathan Coppock owners of Active Life Chiropractic won 2nd prize in the 2013 contest.  For Kristina the Enterprise Challenge was invaluable:  “The contest made us take a step back and see how far we had already come which is easy to overlook when dealing with the day to day challenges of business ownership.  We learned how to analyze our financial statements and it really showed us where we could cut costs and where we could afford to spend a bit more.”  Their efforts have moved their business to the fast track and they happily report they are debt free.

alt textEric Miller with Wineries Express competed last year and has grown his business since the contest finished.  Miller was pleased with all the help and resources made available through the contest.   “It provided a timeline and disciplined approach to creating a solid business plan.  With a grounded plan it helped me expand my business this year.”  Miller is looking at new options to diversify his tour bus service and is fully dedicated to making his venture successful.

One of our finalists last year was Debbie Champion with CertaPro Painters of Central Washington.  She did a fantastic job in the Enterprise Challenge and has since moved her painting contractor business further out of the starting gate.  Debbie has added a part time employee and her husband is also working part time for the company.  Debbie felt the contest judges were especially valuable:  “The feedback I received from the judges was invaluable.  They really made me think about my business and helped me focus on issues that could make or break my new business”.

We also know that Tieton Farms, Jennie Mae’s Bakery, Washington Vision Therapy, Selah’s Smiles, and a host of other Enterprise Challenge contestants are faring well. 

To learn about our contest winners click here
Contest Registration details
Contest scoring criteria and rules

Fifth Annual Enterprise Challenge to Include Kittitas County Entrepreneurs

Enterprise Challenge:  Everyone’s a Winner

The Enterprise Challenge business plan contest kicks off soon and we are very pleased with the contest’s impact after four years.  The event has become a great way to celebrate small business and support promising ventures within our Valley.  Over 80 entrepreneurs have competed in the contest since its inception and many of them have gone on to start businesses in our communities. 

We have stayed in touch with most of our contestants and many of them are doing well.  Here are updates from a few of our Enterpralt textise Challenge participants.    

Mike Bastinelli competed in 2012 Challenge with his Bastinelli’s Best pasta sauces.  Since then he has worked hard to create partnerships, brand his sauces and place his quality products on store shelves in five local grocers.  “The contest helped me define my business and plan for its future,” said Bastinelli recently.  “It helped me focus on what I wanted to do and work out all the details of how to get there”. Mikes persistence has paid off and he’s looking forward to expanding to new markets in the near future 

alt textKristina and Nathan Coppock owners of Active Life Chiropractic won 2nd prize in the 2013 contest.  For Kristina the Enterprise Challenge was invaluable:  “The contest made us take a step back and see how far we had already come which is easy to overlook when dealing with the day to day challenges of business ownership.  We learned how to analyze our financial statements and it really showed us where we could cut costs and where we could afford to spend a bit more.”  Their efforts have moved their business to the fast track and they happily report they are debt free.

alt textEric Miller with Wineries Express competed last year and has grown his business since the contest finished.  Miller was pleased with all the help and resources made available through the contest.   “It provided a timeline and disciplined approach to creating a solid business plan.  With a grounded plan it helped me expand my business this year.”  Miller is looking at new options to diversify his tour bus service and is fully dedicated to making his venture successful.

alt textOne of our finalists last year was Debbie Champion with CertaPro Painters of Central Washington.  She did a fantastic job in the Enterprise Challenge and has since moved her painting contractor business further out of the starting gate.  Debbie has added a part time employee and her husband is also working part time for the company.  Debbie felt the contest judges were especially valuable:  “The feedback I received from the judges was invaluable.  They really made me think about my business and helped me focus on issues that could make or break my new business”.

We also know that Tieton Farms, Jennie Mae’s Bakery, Washington Vision Therapy, Selah’s Smiles, and a host of other Enterprise Challenge contestants are faring well. 

To learn about our contest winners click here
Contest Registration details
Contest scoring criteria and rules

Fifth Annual Enterprise Challenge to Include Kittitas County Entrepreneurs

Enterprise Challenge:  Everyone’s a Winner

- See more at: http://www.yakimavalley.biz/blog/enterprise-challenge-contestants--where-are-they-now#sthash.fv2rT5ZB.dpuf

The Enterprise Challenge business plan contest kicks off soon and we are very pleased with the contest’s impact after four years.  The event has become a great way to celebrate small business and support promising ventures within our Valley.  Over 80 entrepreneurs have competed in the contest since its inception and many of them have gone on to start businesses in our communities. 

We have stayed in touch with most of our contestants and many of them are doing well.  Here are updates from a few of our Enterpralt textise Challenge participants.    

Mike Bastinelli competed in 2012 Challenge with his Bastinelli’s Best pasta sauces.  Since then he has worked hard to create partnerships, brand his sauces and place his quality products on store shelves in five local grocers.  “The contest helped me define my business and plan for its future,” said Bastinelli recently.  “It helped me focus on what I wanted to do and work out all the details of how to get there”. Mikes persistence has paid off and he’s looking forward to expanding to new markets in the near future 

alt textKristina and Nathan Coppock owners of Active Life Chiropractic won 2nd prize in the 2013 contest.  For Kristina the Enterprise Challenge was invaluable:  “The contest made us take a step back and see how far we had already come which is easy to overlook when dealing with the day to day challenges of business ownership.  We learned how to analyze our financial statements and it really showed us where we could cut costs and where we could afford to spend a bit more.”  Their efforts have moved their business to the fast track and they happily report they are debt free.

alt textEric Miller with Wineries Express competed last year and has grown his business since the contest finished.  Miller was pleased with all the help and resources made available through the contest.   “It provided a timeline and disciplined approach to creating a solid business plan.  With a grounded plan it helped me expand my business this year.”  Miller is looking at new options to diversify his tour bus service and is fully dedicated to making his venture successful.

alt textOne of our finalists last year was Debbie Champion with CertaPro Painters of Central Washington.  She did a fantastic job in the Enterprise Challenge and has since moved her painting contractor business further out of the starting gate.  Debbie has added a part time employee and her husband is also working part time for the company.  Debbie felt the contest judges were especially valuable:  “The feedback I received from the judges was invaluable.  They really made me think about my business and helped me focus on issues that could make or break my new business”.

We also know that Tieton Farms, Jennie Mae’s Bakery, Washington Vision Therapy, Selah’s Smiles, and a host of other Enterprise Challenge contestants are faring well. 

To learn about our contest winners click here
Contest Registration details
Contest scoring criteria and rules

Fifth Annual Enterprise Challenge to Include Kittitas County Entrepreneurs

Enterprise Challenge:  Everyone’s a Winner

- See more at: http://www.yakimavalley.biz/blog/enterprise-challenge-contestants--where-are-they-now#sthash.fv2rT5ZB.dpuf

The Enterprise Challenge business plan contest kicks off soon and we are very pleased with the contest’s impact after four years.  The event has become a great way to celebrate small business and support promising ventures within our Valley.  Over 80 entrepreneurs have competed in the contest since its inception and many of them have gone on to start businesses in our communities. 

We have stayed in touch with most of our contestants and many of them are doing well.  Here are updates from a few of our Enterpralt textise Challenge participants.    

Mike Bastinelli competed in 2012 Challenge with his Bastinelli’s Best pasta sauces.  Since then he has worked hard to create partnerships, brand his sauces and place his quality products on store shelves in five local grocers.  “The contest helped me define my business and plan for its future,” said Bastinelli recently.  “It helped me focus on what I wanted to do and work out all the details of how to get there”. Mikes persistence has paid off and he’s looking forward to expanding to new markets in the near future 

alt textKristina and Nathan Coppock owners of Active Life Chiropractic won 2nd prize in the 2013 contest.  For Kristina the Enterprise Challenge was invaluable:  “The contest made us take a step back and see how far we had already come which is easy to overlook when dealing with the day to day challenges of business ownership.  We learned how to analyze our financial statements and it really showed us where we could cut costs and where we could afford to spend a bit more.”  Their efforts have moved their business to the fast track and they happily report they are debt free.

alt textEric Miller with Wineries Express competed last year and has grown his business since the contest finished.  Miller was pleased with all the help and resources made available through the contest.   “It provided a timeline and disciplined approach to creating a solid business plan.  With a grounded plan it helped me expand my business this year.”  Miller is looking at new options to diversify his tour bus service and is fully dedicated to making his venture successful.

alt textOne of our finalists last year was Debbie Champion with CertaPro Painters of Central Washington.  She did a fantastic job in the Enterprise Challenge and has since moved her painting contractor business further out of the starting gate.  Debbie has added a part time employee and her husband is also working part time for the company.  Debbie felt the contest judges were especially valuable:  “The feedback I received from the judges was invaluable.  They really made me think about my business and helped me focus on issues that could make or break my new business”.

We also know that Tieton Farms, Jennie Mae’s Bakery, Washington Vision Therapy, Selah’s Smiles, and a host of other Enterprise Challenge contestants are faring well. 

To learn about our contest winners click here
Contest Registration details
Contest scoring criteria and rules

Fifth Annual Enterprise Challenge to Include Kittitas County Entrepreneurs

Enterprise Challenge:  Everyone’s a Winner

- See more at: http://www.yakimavalley.biz/blog/enterprise-challenge-contestants--where-are-they-now#sthash.dHrSBOqZ.dpuf

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