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Director's Dialogue: Inaugural Wichita County E-Fair Encourages Innovation

By Erik Pedersen | Mar 27, 2014

The inaugural Wichita County Youth Entrepreneurship Fair took place on Thursday, March 13th. Five student businesses participated, including three from Wichita County High School and two from Greeley County High School. Students prepared business plans in order to prepare for the competition, analyzing the market demand, the direct and indirect competitors, and the financial start-up costs and projections for each of their businesses. For the entrepreneurship fair, the students set up booths in the WCHS Gym similar to a science fair. The public, students, teachers and judges viewed booths and asked students questions about their business ideas.

Brice Mason won first place and $500 for his business, Mason Mowing Inc. Katie Bailey and Destynee Hahn won second place and $300 for their business, YoGo Frozen Yogurt on the Go!. Jantz Budde won third place and $200 for Leoti Lanes, a bowling alley in Leoti. In addition, Kyle Ricke won $250 for most creative business. His business idea is Kricke Kringle YouTube Commentator. Noah Ochsner also won $250 for best rural-based business. His business idea is High Plains Connect, LLC.

Each of the students that participated in the Wichita County Youth Entrepreneurship Fair are eligible to apply and compete in the Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge on May 7 in Bird City, KS. Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge prizes will be sponsored by NetWork Kansas and will total $5,000.