The Yakima County Development Association has opened registration for their annual Enterprise Challenge Business Plan Competition.

Small Business Support Specialist Yanira Cisneros said they want to use the event to help new businesses with training and development.

“In the hopes that they’ll be better prepared to handle the challenges of being a new business owner- from creating a business plan to marketing as well as so many other trainings.”

This year’s title sponsor is Baker Boyer.

First place is $10,000, 2nd is $5,000 and 3rd is $2,500.

The contest is open to anyone 18 and older who have started a company that is two years old or less in Yakima or Kittitas Counties.

“Since the start of Enterprise Challenge we’ve had 250 contestants participate,” said Cisneros. “Many of those have gone to open their business here in our community.”

Contestants will participate in virtual workshops and one-on-one help sessions with professionals on a wide variety of topics to help their business.

More information can be found on the YCDA website. Entries are due Jan. 4 at ChooseYakimaValley.com.

The 2021 winner of the Enterprise Challenge was Sunnyside Meat Packers.

The 2022 winners will be announced March 15.

Kevin Rounce can be reached at 509-837-4500 ext 110 or email krounce@sunnysidesun.com

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