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Ellsworth County is proud to host the second annual Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge on February 20, 2023. This state-sanctioned event allows students to create a business plan and compete for cash prizes on competition day, in four skill areas:  written executive summary/business plan, trade show, elevator pitch, and formal presentation.

The goal of the competition is to expose Kansas high school students to entrepreneurship, to sharpen their skills, and to encourage future business ownerships in our communities.  First-place winners move on to compete at the state competition at Kansas State University on April 20,2023. 

“Building the skills of our community’s youth is one of the most powerful things we can do to build our community and our future pipeline of entrepreneurs and business owners. We are excited to see what the youth of this community can create, vet, test, and build. This is an amazing opportunity for our community, and we are thrilled to once again offer this opportunity to our youth,” said Stacie Schmidt, Executive Director of Grow Ellsworth County.

2023 Participating Students:

Josie Kueser |  Elkhorn Silver
Tucker Holt  | Holt's Engine Repair
*Jodi Donley  |  Jodi's Sweet Treats
Lane Howard  |  LH Customs
*Layton Leiker  |  Leiker Lures
Paxton Huseman  |  Paxton's Business
*Owen Donley, Cruz Donley, Thaddeus Donley  |  Donley Brothers Mowing

*Returning competitors from 2022

2022 Formal Presentations

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