Yakima County Development Association - Enterprise Corner

Jean Brown

Jean Brown

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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Startups Compete for $17,500 in prizes

Startups Compete for $17,500 in prizes - February 27, 2017

The Yakima County Development Association and Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce announced today that eight emerging businesses are advancing to the final round of the Enterprise Challenge business plan contest. These entrepreneurs were selected by a group of 26 judges that met with and evaluated business plan contestants at an afternoon trade show last week. Based on their scores and evaluations, the judges ultimately picked the following eight companies to move forward in our contest: ... Read More »


Thermoforming Systems, LLC Expands To Meet Growing Market

Thermoforming Systems, LLC Expands To Meet Growing Market - December 13, 2016

Thermoforming Systems, LLC (TSL), established in 2002, is a plastics thermoforming equipment factory located in Union Gap, WA. The company manufactures the machines that are utilized by plastics manufacturers to produce cups, foodservice containers, and a variety of other disposable packaging used by food and beverage companies around the world. The growth in the food packaging industry has increased demand for the machines that TSL builds, and as result the company is currently expanding their ... Read More »


A New Tool to Grow Your Business: 'Economic Gardening'

A New Tool to Grow Your Business: 'Economic Gardening' - April 20, 2016

What is Economic Gardening ? A method of supporting second stage growth companies by identifying and implementing customized development and expansion strategies. Economic Gardening specialists assist CEOs to identify potential or missed opportunities such as leveraging new or emerging markets, refining business models and gaining access to competitive intelligence. The team facilitates access to new tools and information that can be applied immediately. How the EG model works : Partnering ... Read More »


Winners of the 2015 Enterprise Challenge Announced!

Winners of the 2015 Enterprise Challenge Announced! - January 22, 2016

The Yakima County Development Association and the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce announced today that three emerging businesses were selected as winners of the association's sixth annual business plan contest. These entrepreneurs were selected by six judges that met with business plan contestants yesterday. Yakima Hop Candy won New Vision's Enterprise Challenge and will receive $10,000. Yakima Hop Candy is the proud creator of LollyHops. This boutique pop is infused with locally grown ... Read More »


Enterprise Challenge Finalists Announced

Enterprise Challenge Finalists Announced - January 04, 2016

The Yakima County Development Association and Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce that eight emerging businesses are advancing to the final round of the Enterprise Challenge business plan contest. These top finalists were chosen from 26 community members who served as judges in the competitions Entrepreneur Trade Show held in December. This is the last phase of the contest. These finalists will now present their business plans to our final round of judges who will ... Read More »


Top 16 Head to the Entrepreneur Trade Show

Top 16 Head to the Entrepreneur Trade Show - December 03, 2015

Our annual business plan competition, the Enterprise Challenge, is heating up! We have just completed first round judging and sixteen contestants are now off to the races prepping for our "pitch your business" Entrepreneur Trade Show. I have been getting to know the contestants and have been very impressed with their hard work and efforts thus far. There's a very broad mix of entrepreneurs, experience levels and businesses, which is adding a lot to the competition. This year many of the ... Read More »


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 ... Read More »


Meet our Challenge Workshop Instructors

Meet our Challenge Workshop Instructors - September 18, 2015

This year we are happy to announce that we have a top notch group of instructors lined up for our Enterprise Challenge contestant classes. Linda Johnson, Nicole Donegan, Shane Pierone and Eric Puryear will be in charge of our seminars this year and we think these sessions will be better than ever before. Our contest starts in the classroom as we want to help everyone in the business plan contest learn what it takes to launch and manage a successful business. Our instructors cover marketing, ... Read More »


Judges Are the MVP's of the Enterprise Challenge

Judges Are the MVP's of the Enterprise Challenge - September 01, 2015

The most valuable aspect of the Enterprise Challenge each year is the feedback contestants get from our judges. There are three points during the contest when judges evaluate participating entrepreneurs. Judges use our contest scoring criteria and ultimately determine who wins the Challenge. More importantly though they provide invaluable feedback to the contestants. Recently, I visited with a couple of past judges to learn what they think of the completion and to see if they had any tips to... Read More »


Business Plan Contest Kicks Off The 6th Year

Business Plan Contest Kicks Off The 6th Year - August 10, 2015

New Vision, the region's economic development association, announced today that the annual business plan contest, the Enterprise Challenge will kick off its 6 th year in October. "We are very pleased to continue the partnership with the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce to offer more resources to small business throughout our region", said New Vision's Business Development Director Jean Brown. The contest timelines and process will generally stay the same. Contestants will first take classes ... Read More »



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