Marion County holds annual Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Hillsboro’s Moriah Jost, Thoughtful Words, won 1st place on Tuesday, March 8 at the Marion County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge held in Hillsboro.

Marion County high schools competed at the Marion County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge on Tuesday, March 8. The competition was held at Tabor College in the Heritage Hall in the Shari Flaming Fine Arts Center.

Students were judged in three areas— executive summary, trade show, and board room. Students created an executive summary that highlighted their business idea, marketing concepts, and financial analysis of their business.

Students set up tabletop booths and had a trade show at Tabor where community members and Tabor college business students came around and judged their business ideas. The last portion of the competition was a board room discussion with three business people to discuss their business idea more in-depth. The Marion County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge is put on with the help of Network Kansas.

Hillsboro High School had two students win prize money at the competition. Moriah Jost -Thoughtful Words won 1st Place – $500. Paige Gehring – Crave Care took 2nd place – $250 and People’s Choice – $250. Jost’s business is eligible to compete at the State-wide Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge which is held on Kansas State University’s campus in April. Five total student businesses competed for cash prizes and the right to compete at the state tournament.

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