Local business challenge now open to applicants for 2019 contest

    Local business challenge now open to applicants for 2019 contest

    YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. - Local businesses just starting out can now register for a contest that helps develop plans and offers training for success.

    The 9th annual Enterprise Challenge is now open to applicants from businesses based in Yakima and Kittitas counties. The contest will start January of 2019.

    The Yakima County Development Association and the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce announced they are again partnering to put together the contest.

    According to a press release, the contest has helped launch more than 85 successful startups in the area to date. These businesses employ nearly 300 people with annual gross wages over $6 million.

    The contest consists of workshops, classes and one-on-one coaching to provide local businesses the support needed to develop strategies and plan ahead.

    “We make every effort to offer participants the tools and support it takes to get a business started,” said Yakima County Development Association’s Business Development Director Jean Brown.

    Instar Naturals, which manufactures a paste that attracts bees, took home the big prize last year. Creators Shawn Hazen and Chris Nobbs said they planned to expand internationally since winning the $10,000.

    Other previous winners include the businesses of Whipsaw Brewing, Yakima Hop Candy, Claim Clothing and Spring Harvest Fiber Mill, according to the Enterprise Challenge website.

    Those interested in registering their business can learn more here.

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