Entrepreneurship Opportunities

 Note, the deadline to sign up has been extended to January 31st, 2018.

Note, the deadline to sign up has been extended to January 31st, 2018.

Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Pawnee County Economic Development has partnered with Edwards, Hodgeman, Stafford and Ness County in the 4th Annual Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in 2018! All 7th - 12th Grade students and young entrepreneurs in Pawnee County are invited and encouraged to participate! Do you know of a student with a business or product idea? We want to hear those ideas at the 4th Annual Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge held on March 13th, 2018 in Kinsley.

At CKYEC, students from the five area counties will be judged on their business idea, executive summary, and a 4-minute formal presentation with slides with three students winning a total of $1,750 in cash prizes! With the Fall semester coming to an end, we've decided to extend the registration deadline from Dec. 1st, 2017 to January 31st, 2018.

If you know of any students interested in competing, please have them contact our office at 620-285-6916 or larnedcofc@gbta.net before our sign up deadline on January 31st!

Additional Competition Information

4th Annual Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge    Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Auditorium, Kinsley Junior/Senior High School
716 S. Colony Ave., Kinsley
Contest Begins at 9 AM - Complimentary Lunch Served

How to Register for CKYEC:

To Sign-up go to the  YEC Event Portal and click on Student, then click on Sign-up as an EntrepreneurDeadline to Sign-up is January 31, 2018

To officially Register, Log-in to the YEC Event Portal and go to Registrations. Select the Central Kansas YEC. You are not officially entered until your Executive Summary has been uploaded into the portal. Deadline to Register is February 26, 2018.

Additional Information and helpful tutorials can be found under the Resources Tab/Education on Event Portal.  You can access it as soon as you create a Student Profile.

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Ice House Entrepreneurship Series

Next Series in Pawnee County: Spring 2019

The Kansas Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is an 8-week certificate program that develops an entrepreneurial mindset and skills like critical thinking, communication, problem solving, and other key assets crucial for success in business and life.

The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program was created by the Kauffman Foundation as a powerful learning program designed to educate and engage participants, leading them to develop the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset. The curriculum is inspired by the life story of Pulitzer nominee, Clifton Taulbert, and taught by accredited facilitators in a lively classroom environment. Online lessons and homework complement the in-person sessions. This popular course has been taught in 15 times in 12 E-Communities and is partially underwritten by NetWork Kansas on a competitive basis. More than 175 participants have benefited from the program including accountants, startups, bankers, restaurants, microbreweries, students, chiropractors, pharmacists, consultants, manufactures and many others.

Program Benefits:

If you're interested in our upcoming Ice House Entrepreneurship Series, contact afilbert@gbta.net or call the Chamber Office at 620-285-6916.




  • Develop an empowering entrepreneurial mindset that looks for ways to turn obstacles into opportunities.
  • Grow alongside like-minded entrepreneurial peers in an inspiring, interactive learning environment
  • Learn from success stories of multiple entrepreneurs - both in the curriculum and guest speakers from our community
  • A combination of classroom learning and homework assignments reinforce entrepreneurial growth
  • Curriculum based on the real-life experience of entrepreneur, Clifton Taulbert

Class Schedule:

  • Week 1: Welcome & Overview
  • Week 2: Introduction
  • Week 3: Recognize Opportunities
  • Week 4: Ideas in Action
  • Week 5: Pursuit of Knowledge and Building your Brand
  • Week 6: Creating Community
  • Week 7: The Power of Persistance
  • Week 8: Final Presentations