McPherson Chamber of Commerce to Host Student Entrepreneurship Competition

McPherson Chamber of Commerce to Host Student Entrepreneurship Competition

As a NetworkKansas Entrepreneurship Community, the McPherson Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce we will be host to the first 2018 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in McPherson. The event will be held at the McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main on Wednesday, November 14.

McPherson High School Business and Entrepreneurship students of Taylor Stucky, instructor will be participating in the contest. There are a total of 23 students and 18 business projects that will be judged. The local contest promotes students working as teams or individually and gives them experience in the process of making a business proposal. The students gain experience pitching their idea and answering questions in front of a panel of judges that consists of entrepreneurs, bankers and other business representatives. Going through the steps of creating a business proposal can help develop student’s entrepreneurial mindset and set them on the path of one day creating their own business. In addition, students will develop creativity, problem solving, business planning, research skills, organization, presentation skills and confidence.

Students will be scored on the 4 minute presentation to the panel of judges, the business plan and the tradeshow. The first place winner will be awarded $750.00, Second Prize $500 and Third $250.00. In addition to the prizes and recognition, the first place finisher has the opportunity to compete in the Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge at Kansas State University in Manhattan. This event will include the top young entrepreneurs from schools across the state.

Parents, family, educators and the public is invited to attend the tradeshow portion of the event that begins at 9:30 to approximately 11:00. The event will conclude with an award lunch scheduled for 11:15 a.m. The cost of the lunch is $15.00 per person and reservations are required by calling the Chamber at 241-3303 by Monday, November 12th.

For more information, contact Jennifer Burch, McPherson Chamber of Commerce at 620-241-3303 or  For more information about NetWork Kansas or the E-Community Partnership, visit