Yakima County Development Association - Enterprise Challenge Contest Schedule

Contest Schedule


Key Dates

Key Contest Activities/Events

July   2015

Registration Begins.  Informational meetings about contest for the general public and interested participants.

October 2

Early Registration deadline $125 fee (discounted rate)

October 9

DEADLINE - Registration and $150 fee due

October 13


Contestant Orientation and Workshops -
Business Plan Essentials
Start-Up Marketing

October 20


Contestant workshop –
Business Plan Financials

October 27


Contestant Help Session - individual assistance

October 29


Contestant Help Session - individual assistance

November 5

DEADLINE - Opening Business Plan Due
Contestants compete for Trade Show ( top 16)

November 10

Contestant Workshop -
Implementing Small Business Technology

November 13

Top 16 announced

November 17

Contestant Workshop -
Trade Show Techniques - Perfecting the Pitch

November 24

DEADLINE - Trade Show Refined Business Plan Due (optional)

December 10

Entrepreneur Trade Show
Contestants compete to advance to final round (top 8)

December 11

Eight Finalists Announced

January 7, 2016

DEADLINE - Full Business Plan due

January 14

Final Presentation Practice

January 21

Oral presentations & Final Judging Round

January 22

Awards Banquet – Winners are announced


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