Yakima County Development Association - Enterprise Challenge Attracts Stellar Entrepreneurs

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Enterprise Challenge Attracts Stellar Entrepreneurs

Enterprise Challenge Attracts Stellar Entrepreneurs

October 15, 2015

The sixth year of the Enterprise Challenge has attracted 26 of the brightest entrepreneurs from Kittitas and Yakima Counties.  We are excited to host the annual business plan contest this year with our partners from Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce. Over the last 5 years the Challenge has seen over 100 entrepreneurs compete and today nearly 40 of those past contestants have started a business in Yakima and Kittitas Counties. 

This week contestants went through the first set of workshops covering the essentials of a business plan and learning the composition of a marketing strategy.  We appreciate the contestant workshop instructors' talents in making these difficult topics easy to understand with hands on exercises and real life examples.  Next up is a course on business financials to develop skills in creating cash flow projections, develop start up cost estimates, balance sheets and profit and loss statements.   This topic tends to need the most attention and assistance so we dedicate an entire evening to this financial immersion course.  In addition we offer two nights of one on one coaching from local marketing, legal,and financial pro's to help contestants get through any snags they might experience before their plans are due in November.

 We welcome these businesses to this year's contest:

 ·Doggie day care

· Beer shop & bar

· Hay and forage testing

· Manufacturing and fabrication company

· Pearl Street Optical store

· Jiu Jitsu studio

· Selah Sweets

· Lollihops

· Grandma Helen's Prize Winning Pies

· On the Go home cooked meals

· Dreams to Action Leadership Consulting

· Sweet Carolines cupcake truck

· Garden and greenhouse design

· Healthy Eats Nutrition Services

· Creative Clay Pottery studio

· Mommy and me fashion clothier

· Property management services

· Website and marketing firm

· Rush House vacation property

· Apple City Salami

· The Nest

· Madd Hatters Haunted House

· Youth center

· Fresh features market and restaurant

· Kids Gym

· Rustic wood barreled farmhouse beer

Stay tuned as these strong competitors move towards the Entrepreneur Trade Show round of the contest.   To learn more here are links to information about the Enterprise Challenge or the  Judges Key to Enterprise Challenge.


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"The [Enterprise Challenge] business plan contest was really a kick start. I think the best part of the contest was that you could look at your dream and turn it into a real business." - Carol VanEvenhoven, Co-Owner, Hop Central Brewing Company