Seven teams competed at Stafford County YEC (Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge) on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 10 AM at the Stafford County Annex. The event was organized by Stafford County Economic Development and made possible by support from Network Kansas, South Central Community Foundation, and Kansas Freemasons.
Teams of junior high and high school students presented 4-minute business presentations to a panel of judges and answered questions. They were scored on their presentations and the business plan executive summaries that they submitted prior to competition day. Judges included Matt Appleton, Kyle Bunker, and Janet Burr.
D&P Baling and Stacking won first place and was awarded $750. iTable Menu took second place and was awarded $500. Tiger Ink & Vinyl took third place and was awarded $250. Other businesses included Picture Perfect Photography, C&B Landscaping, Los Taqueros, and Hail Company Roofing.
“All of the kids who participated were well prepared and did a great job,” said Carolyn Dunn, Strategic Project Manager at Stafford County Economic Development. “That is a credit to both the students and their teachers, Mrs. Ward and Mrs. Mixon, who guided them through the process.”
D&P Baling and Stacking automatically advances to compete at the state-wide Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge on April 20 at Kansas State University. Other teams can apply to compete at state through a wildcard selection process.