By NetWork Kansas
Jade Artzer has competed in the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) Series since the 2013-2014 academic year. In 2017, she placed first in her local Goodland event and went on to place second in the YEC State Championship. In April 2018 she took first place in her local event and received an honorable mention at the KEC State Championship. Below she talks about how this program has influenced her as an entrepreneur.
Q: Describe your business and how it's grown since participating in the YEC Series.
A: "Made by Jade is a packaged quick bread business. I began my business at eleven years old. Along the way, I have created numerous flavors, keeping some and discontinuing those that didn't work. Made by Jade has eight flavors, repeat customers, and the addition of a silent partner. Thanks to the YEC Series, Made by Jade has the opportunity for broader market ranges."
Q: What were your key takeaways from participating?
A: "I have had great opportunities to learn and grow with my business. Made by Jade gave me the chance to meet professionals that gave me a hand up and treated me as a business owner, teaching me how to improve both myself and my business.
The experiences I have received from past competitions have grown Made by Jade enormously. I went from selling my product at craft fairs to moving it into stores. I also have received amazing opportunities to speak in front of groups of students and adults! My best key takeaway is the experience and relationships I have formed. These experiences have taken me much further, not only in the business world, but outside of it. I had the chance to get an internship with NetWork Kansas this past summer (2018) researching the YEC Series. This internship allowed me to work alongside Simone Elder and many from my community. Experience is the one thing that many people don't get very often. I am thrilled that the YEC Series has helped Made by Jade excel without holding back and I could not be more thankful."
Q: What are your plans to grow your business in the future?
A: "Made by Jade created a smaller, cheaper product. This product is one that makes your life simpler, all while giving you a way to work around any allergy. Made by Jade Mini Bags only cost $4, and you put in your choice of flour! We are planning to advertise this product further across the I-70 Corridor in hopes of reaching new customers!"
You can view the Made by Jade website here.
To learn more about bringing the YEC Series to your community, contact your NetWork Kansas Regional Manager.
Stay tuned for more information about the 2017-2018 YEC Series!