The Yakima County Development Association’s and Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce’s annual business plan competition, the Enterprise Challenge, is heating up!
After completing extensive courses in business finance, marketing, technology and more, the contestants received individual coaching from community experts. Each then submitted a business pitch to judges who scored each enterprise and determined the top sixteen that moved forward in the contest.
Our sixteen contestants are now busy preparing for the contest’s trade show at Yakima Valley Skills Center. The second round of judging is held on Thursday February 22. Approximately 30 judges meet with our contestants during the afternoon to evaluate their ventures and choose our top eight finalists in the contest. Each are ultimately vying for the winner’s circle of $17,500 in cash prizes.
We are excited with the variety of new ventures that are moving forward in the contest. Please meet our 16 Enterprise Trade Show contestants:
Bower Home Technologies, LLC – A home automation company pairing the needs of customers with hand- picked technology solutions.
Ceyla & Chicken – Provides a monthly toy-share membership (plus sales) of quality hand-crafted earth friendly educational toys for toddlers. Play-Learn-Return-Repeat.
Community Seeds – Offers people with autism and other disabilities jobs at a social enterprise like the Calico Cat Café and Bakery.
Cypher Land Surveying – Offers professional surveying services throughout the Central Washington region utilizing emerging technologies.
Ellensburg Natural Beekeeping Company – Provides top-of-the-line beehive kits for the beginning backyard beekeeper.
Gigabeam Internet – Provides Internet and TV service in rural areas of the Yakima Valley.
Instar Naturals, LLC – A technology company combining nature and science to increase yield and honeybee activity in pollinated crops worldwide.
Listening Point Montessori – Is a nature based year round educational program for young children.
Lower Valley Massage and Wellness – Provides effective, natural, and affordable healthcare and other self care services in Sunnyside.
Meda Nova – Manufactures accessories for medical devices.
Natalie DeHaven Cakes – A custom cake studio that creates unique cakes that are amazing works of art and unforgettably delicious!
Pacific Northwest Fresh – Offers year round weekly delivery of local produce and artisan goods.
Professional Perinatal Services, LLC – The only certified in home postpartum care providers in Yakima Valley.
Sageland Mediation and Facilitation Service – Is a one stop conflict management company serving business, organizations, families and individuals.
Taneum Creek Brewing – Is a small production brewery serving its unique drafts to the Cle Elum area.
The Northwest Scheduler – Is a construction consulting firm serving general contractors with critical path scheduling demands and resolution services for delays and claims.