Yakima County Development Association - Enterprise Challenge: Everyone's a Winner

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Jean publishes a blog called the Enterprise Corner.  It features articles on entrepreneurship, local industry trends, manufacturing news and periodic ‘toolbox’ articles showcasing assistance, incentives and other resources for local businesses.

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Enterprise Challenge:  Everyone's a Winner

Enterprise Challenge: Everyone's a Winner

January 14, 2014

What do you get when you combine 20+ entrepreneurs, business seminars, and a competition for thousands of dollars?  It’s the Enterprise Challenge, a local business plan contest reaching its conclusion next week.  We sponsor this four-month high energy contest to promote entrepreneurship in our Valley.  Contestants come in all shapes and sizes and we design the Challenge so everyone participating benefits.

Tyrone Rodriguez with Selah’s Smiles won the contest last year and was awarded the top prize of $10,000.  His company specializes in pediatric dentistry and opened their new clinic in Selah last Spring.  “We got a huge boost from being in the Enterprise Challenge.  It gave us a chance to thoroughly think through how we were going to establish our new clinic in Selah.  From knowing how much funding we need to better understanding our market, the contest helped us get organized to launch our new enterprise.”

EC Class4The Enterprise Challenge is not for everyone.  YCDA only allows businesses less than two years old with revenues less than a million dollars to participate.  “We want to focus on emerging companies with great potential here in our Valley”, says the association’s business development director Jean Brown.  “Our goal is to identify and support great start up businesses.  Over time some of these firms could grow into businesses that generate big impacts for our community.”

To learn more about our contest finalists, click here



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