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YEC 2016

Annual Youth Entrepreneurship Fair Set for February 25

The third annual Wichita County Youth Entrepreneurship Fair will be February 25 at Wichita County High School in the Gymnasium. Students from Wichita County and Greeley County high schools have been working hard to develop new, innovative and creative business ideas and products. They’ve been compiling research, financial and marketing data to present to a panel of judges in three different stages. At this years’ fair, the students will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a group of judges, similar to the idea behind the TV show “Shark Tank.” In addition, students will have their businesses and products on display to be judged by a different group of judges. The third element that will be judged is an Executive Summary, which summarizes student’s business idea or product.

The E-Fair is sponsored by Wichita County Economic Development and Greeley County Community Development. Cash prizes are awarded to first, second and third place winners and to the students who develop the best rural based business or product and the most creative business or product. In 2015, $1,500 in cash prizes was awarded to local students. This year, prize money has increased to $2,000.

As part of the partnership that Wichita County Economic Development and Greeley County Community Development have with NetWork Kansas, the first and second place winners from this local competition will be automatically advanced to the state competition at Kansas State University in Manhattan on April 25th. The prize pool for the state competition totals $10,000.

Wichita County residents are invited to visit the Youth Entrepreneurship Fair on February 25th. The students will be available to discuss their ideas with the public between 1pm and 2pm. At 2pm, Scott City Chef Tate Roberts of Tate’s Restaurant will talk to the students about starting his own business in Southwestern Kansas. Following that, Jeffrey Weeast from Edward Jones Financial will talk to the students about financial literacy. Awards will be presented at 3:15 pm.

For more information about the 2016 Youth Entrepreneurship Fair, contact the Wichita County Economic Development Office at (620)375-2182.

Donate now to the WCHS Track Fund through Wichita County Community Foundation

The WCHS Track Fund reached $242,000 by December 31. Thanks to many great donors for making this possible! We are halfway to the goal. Don’t miss AIM for the Track 5K on April 18 and Flapjacks for the Track on June 6 to raise money to reach the finish line.

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