Hodgeman County Economic Development, in association with the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, hosted the second annual Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Competition (CKYEC) on Monday, March 13th at the King Center, Jetmore, KS. 28 individuals and teams representing Hodgeman County, Ness City and Stafford High Schools presented their business concepts with a written executive summary, a 3 minute elevator pitch to judges, and answered questions the judges had.
The winning concepts were:
Winning students received just over $1,700 in prize money courtesy of the following sponsors: Hodgeman and Stafford E-Community Partnerships and Ness County Economic Development.
"Our regional event gives local high school students the opportunity to present their business idea and receive valuable feedback. Stafford County EcoDevo sponsors this event because we know our younger generations are the future of our economy and we want the students to know that they are not limited in what they can do. Entrepreneurs are most responsible for new job growth," said Ashlee Bevan, Program Director.
In addition to prizes and recognition, the first-place finisher has the opportunity to compete in the NetWork Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge on April 24th at Fort Hays State University in Hays. This event will include the top young entrepreneurs from schools across the state.
The goal of the competition is to expose Kansas high school students to entrepreneurship and give them a hands-on experience. The students’ work was judged by local entrepreneurs, public sector partners, teachers, or other adults. This is the 1st time Hodgeman County has brought this competition to their community.
For more information, contact Ashlee Bevan, Stafford County Economic Development at (620) 549-3527 or ashlee@staffordecodevo.
For more information about NetWork Kansas or the E-Community Partnership, visit www.networkkansas.com.
Stafford County Economic Development invites all Stafford County high school students to participate in the 2nd annual Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Competition (CKYEC) that will be held at the King Center in Jetmore. Hodgeman County Economic Development is hosting this year’s event with the NetWork Kansas E-Community Partnership.
“Although we aren’t hosting this year’s event, we still encourage our local high school students to participate in this event. Events such as CKYEC give our students real-world experience pitching a business idea that they might not otherwise get the opportunity to do,” said Ashlee Bevan, Program Director for Stafford County Economic Development.
Last year, Stafford County EcoDevo hosted the 1st annual event in the Stafford County Annex with two of the top three business plans coming from Stafford High School students. $1,900 in cash prizes were awarded. By sponsoring events such as CKYEC, EcoDevo hopes to instill the possibility in the students’ minds of actually pursuing these business ideas.
The competition on Monday, March 13th will consist of a three minute pitch to a panel of judges, followed by questions. The students will be competing against each other for $1,750 in prize money. The students’ work will be judged by local entrepreneurs, public sector partners, teachers, or other adults. By Monday, February 27th, each student or team must submit an executive summary through email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Prior to this, each student or team must sign up on the Hodgeman County Economic Development website by Friday, February 3rd.
“Students tell us every year how local entrepreneurship competitions open their eyes to new career possibilities, reward innovation and creative problem solving, and give them valuable experience presenting ideas to a panel of judges. It’s a wonderful gift that the community can give their youth,” says Anne Dewvall, Manager of the E-Community Partnership.
The annual YEC series culminates in a statewide championship, where the top students from each local competition face off against each other for prize money and other honors. The 2017 statewide championship will be held on April 24th, 2017 at Fort Hays State University.
This year, students from Edwards, Hodgeman, Ness and Stafford counties are eligible to participate in this event.
For more information, visit http://www.hodgemancountyks.com/2017-yec-registration-page.html email Ashlee at email@example.com or call 620-549-3527.
Stafford County residents may notice an increase in new housing construction after Stafford County Economic Development was awarded a $100,000 Moderate Income Housing grant through the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation.
This grant will provide $25,000 down-payment assistance for four individuals or families to construct a new house within city limits of any Stafford County town (Hudson, Macksville, Radium, Stafford, St. John). Buyers will have the option to choose between three house plans that range from 1,098 sq. ft. to 1,250 and cost approximately $170,000 to construct. Each plan includes three bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on the main level, and an unfinished basement with roughed in plumbing and two egress windows that would allow two more bedrooms to be finished in.
“Getting financing for new housing construction in rural towns is often a challenge for a number of reasons,” said Carolyn Dunn, Executive Director for Stafford County Economic Development. “With this program in place, we can jump-start new construction and make it easier for families to own a home they can be proud of.”
The buyer will have choices in colors and finishes for the inside and outside of the home. Construction will be on vacant lots within any of the Stafford County towns listed above. Re-developing existing lots helps revitalize towns and uses existing utility infrastructure, thereby keeping costs lower. The buyer must live in the home for 10 years or pay back the $25,000 on a pro-rated basis.
How it works:
Why are we contracting with Housing Opportunities Inc. (HOI)?
Housing Opportunities Inc. of Great Bend has developed three house plans that can be constructed for approximately $170,000. HOI is a non-profit affordable housing agency serving counties in the region and has experience in compliance with state and federal programs, including the Moderate Income Housing Program.
If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Dunn at (620) 549-3527 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About Housing Opportunities Inc.
HOI was founded in 1995 by a group of committed professionals who saw a dire need for affordable housing in Great Bend, Kansas, and the surrounding communities. HOI is a board governed 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to building affordable and safe housing for the communities in Barton, Pawnee, and Rice counties, and is certified by the State of Kansas as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO).
HOI works with and puts together applications for grant money through government programs for income-based housing. After being awarded the funds for these projects, HOI begins construction on the property. Once the property is built and ready for tenants, HOI manages the properties from renting to maintenance. Visit their website at http://www.housingopportunities.net/index.html for more information.
About Kansas Housing Resources Corporation
Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) is a self-supporting, public corporation which serves as the primary administrator of federal housing programs for the State of Kansas. Their mission is to increase the availability of affordable, decent and accessible housing for lower-income Kansans. To achieve their goal, KHRC collaborates with many partners across the state, including lenders, developers, builders, real estate agents, service providers, homeless advocates, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Visit their website at http://www.kshousingcorp.org/ for more information.
Stafford County Economic Development
We strive to bring you the latest information about our wonderful communities. We believe in growth, opportunity and entrepreneurship!