The Yakima County Development Association and Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce announced today the six emerging businesses that are advancing to the final round of the Enterprise Challenge business plan contest. These entrepreneurs were selected by a group of 24 judges that met with and evaluated business plan contestants at the Enterprise Trade Show on February 21st.
Based on their scores and evaluations, the judges ultimately picked the following six ventures to move forward in our contest:
Ag Drone Data Services – Provides early detection crop health and monitoring solutions and field analysis services for farms, vineyards and orchards to improve yields.
Creative Ceramics and Art Café – Will offer a walk-in art studio including classes on glazing pottery, fused glass mosaics, and painting while enjoying locally sourced espresso and food.
HolBen Honey LLC – Is a local family owned apiary and honey bottling operation, bringing varieties of honey and bees to the Yakima Valley.
MAK Daddy Coffee Roasters – Provides Yakima a relaxed venue for customers to enjoy premium coffee that is locally roasted as well as locally sourced food items and premium loose leaf teas.
Round Tuit Kitchen – Produces wonderfully delicious baked goods that minimizes blood sugar and insulin spikes, while being gluten-free, sugar-free, and natural.
Taqueria La Palapa – Serves fresh, authentic, great tasting Mexican street food in a clean, family friendly environment.
The six finalists are moving on to a series of advanced workshops on business planning and financials to ready them for submitting their final business plans in early March. The final round also offers a course on “perfecting the pitch” that prepares them for their live presentation to a panel of judges. These judges will determine who wins the $17,500 in prize money!
The contest winners will be announced at the Enterprise Challenge Awards Banquet on March 28th at the Howard Johnson at noon.
To learn more about the Enterprise Challenge click here