You are invited to attend the inaugural Douglas County E-Community Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) March 2, 9:00 am – 11:30 am at Baker University. The YEC is a program of Network Kansas that seeks to expose students in grades 7th – 12th to entrepreneurship through an experiential learning opportunity. The YEC is part of the Network Kansas mission to promote an entrepreneurial environment throughout the state of Kansas by establishing a central portal that connects entrepreneurs and small business owners with the right resources—expertise, education, and economic resources—when they are needed most. The Douglas County event is one of 31 competitions occurring throughout the state. Learn more here and watch this video. 

We congratulate the five Baldwin High Schools teams comprised of six students–James Brannan, Joe Zheng, Kaitlynn Bono, Lily Beach, Grace Cooper and Jade Slavin and three Eudora teams comprised of– Ben Posch, Bobby Lounsbury and Emily Hull–for their efforts, dedication and courage to participate in the Douglas County competition. Students were required to create a product or service or an idea that could lead to a future business and develop a business plan. They will  be judged on their elevator pitch, a formal presentation and a tradeshow presentation. The winner of the Douglas County competition will compete at the Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge in Manhattan, KS on April 24 with $18,000 in prize money.

Our Douglas County YEC event would not be possible without our “BHS teacher champions” including Becky Weaver, Bonnie Butell-Huntoon, Bronté Bailey and Tyler Wolf who promoted the YEC to students, integrated entrepreneurialism in their classes and worked with the Baldwin City Chamber and Baldwin Economic Development Corporation to facilitate the event. A key aspect of the YEC is providing mentorship by our local Baldwin City businesses. Local entrepreneurs visited with the students during the school day throughout the year as well as serving as individual mentors to students. We thank the following businesses for sharing their expertise with our students:  New Frontier Tax and Business ServicesRG FiberSunflower PublishingRice Precision Manufacturing Inc.Mid-America BankMcFarlane Aviation ProductsK-State Research and Extension – Douglas County,Lumberyard Arts CenterHomestead Kitchen & Bakery and Elite Chiropractic. 

Please take the opportunity to support our young entrepreneurs! 

Everyone welcome to attend the March 2 Douglas County YEC at Baker University.

We especially encourage our local businesses to support our students and congratulate them during the awards ceremony at 11:00 am.