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13th Annual Youth Business Excellence Awards

  • May 20, 2014
  • Written by Newsask Admin

13th ANNUAL
YOUTH BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2014

Hosted and partially sponsored by

Community Futures Newsask

WHAT YBEX – YOUTH BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS

WHEN Saturday, May 3, 2014

WHERE Nipawin Evergreen Centre – Nipawin, SK

WHY To recognize and encourage the outstanding achievements of young people in Northeast Saskatchewan and encourage Entrepreneurship as a Career Option. YBEX is a project that engages youth with the community in ways that increase their own self-esteem and level of competency. It showcases what youth have to offer to their communities. Even though some students will not start a business in rural Saskatchewan immediately, some may consider the option after attending post-secondary education and return to the northeast. A hypothetical, academic perspective, combined with local grass-roots insight is a powerful mechanism for creating new businesses and knowledge!

WHO Winners are outlined

Community Futures Newsask hosted their 13th Annual Youth Business Excellence Awards (YBEX) in Northeast Saskatchewan. There were 153 people in attendance for the YBEX Awards Dinner, which was held May 3, 2014 at the Nipawin Evergreen Centre, Nipawin, SK. This event has grown significantly over the past thirteen years. Since inception over 580 students from grade six to twelve and youth out of school, under the age of 30 within the Northeast region have participated. This year there were 37 submissions involving 79 youth.

Awards were provided for the creation of a business idea and development of a BUSINESS PLAN. Submissions clearly described and developed a business idea and demonstrated ingenuity and effort. Cash prizes for first place ($350.00), second place ($250.00) and third place ($150.00) were awarded to both individual and group categories. Cash prizes were also awarded to the school or association equal to half of the prize value of the winning student.

Awards provided for an OPERATING BUSINESS VENTURE category clearly evaluated the operations of their business including problem solving, target setting and goal accomplishment. A cash prize for first place ($350.00) was awarded to an individual in grades 6-9. Cash prizes were also awarded to the school or association equal to half of the prize value linked to the winning submission.

Special Achievement awards were presented to submissions, which demonstrated exceptional effort and outstanding achievement in one or more areas.

Students qualifying for the six special achievement awards received a $50.00 cash award.

Agricultural Business Awards sponsored by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture were chosen for demonstrated effort and outstanding achievement in producing a Business Plan in an Agricultural business or a business with Agricultural Value Added potential. A submission in the Grade 6 - 9 Business Plan Category was awarded $100, and a submission in the Grade 10 – 12 Business Plan Category was awarded $100.

The Newsask Memorial Award is in memory of past Board members who are no longer with us but were dedicated to their communities. The criteria for this award is: commitment to community; passion for a chosen field; and quality of work. The recipient receives a $100.00 cash award.

CATEGORIES AND WINNERS:

Business Plan Award

To compete in this category, applicants created and developed an imaginary business that they would like to own and operate. The business could:

Ø Sell a product or provide a service that already exists

Ø Change an existing product or service

Ø Invent a new product or service

Applicants described their imaginary business, what motivated them to choose their product or service, why their product or service was needed in the community, and described the customers that would support their business. Points were allocated for including monthly and yearly sales and expense estimates, a marketing plan to sell the product or service, and a plan to address any problems that may occur in operating the business. The applicants of the Business Plan Category were judged on the description of their business and customers, their operation/advertising strategy, creativity, business viability, organization, and problem solving skills.

Business Plan Individual Category Winners

Grades 6–9

1st place winner – Clark Aylward, "Clark's Local Lawn Care Services", Carrot River Senior/Junior High School

2nd place winner – Tessa Thomas, "Tessa's Farm Fresh Vegetables", St. Brieux School

3rd place winner – Jessica James, "WFI Dyno Tread Climber", LP Miller Comprehensive School

Grades 10-12

1st place winner – Kennedy Maier, "Kennedy Maier's Farrier Services", Carrot River Senior/Junior High School

2nd place winner – Natasha Larson, "Pet & Vet", Carrot River Senior/Junior High School

3rd place winner – Kennedy Quiring, "North East Crop Consulting", Carrot River Senior/Junior High School

Business Plan Group Category Winners

Grades 6–9

1st place winner – Taelyn Nattrass, Libbie Frisk & Haileigh Schmidt, "Simply Sweet", LP Miller Comprehensive School

2nd place winner – Tyson Ziolkoski, Klyer Opp & Kolton Burke, "KTK Snowplowing", LP Miller Comprehensive School

3rd place winner – Kali Burton & Danyelle McKinnon "Shining Creative Cakes!!", LP Miller Comprehensive School

Grades 10-12

1st place winner – Jade Letendre & Tyson Bokinac "Living Skies Outfitting", Carrot River Senior/Junior High School

2nd place winner – Blaine Matyjanka & Dylan Wlaz, "B & D Spraying", Carrot River Senior/Junior High School

3rd place winner – TMSS Business Club, "Pass the Hat, Make the Call, Inspire Others", Tisdale Middle & Secondary School

Business Venture Individual Category Winner

1st place winner – Elena Serecal, "Radical Records", St. Brieux School

Special Achievement Awards

Special achievement awards were presented to those submissions that demonstrated exceptional effort and outstanding achievement in one or more areas. Students qualifying for the three special achievement awards received a $50.00 cash award.

1st Special Achievement – Ashley Lewis & Cassidy Miller, "Ash n' Cass Bracelets", Carrot River Senior/Junior High School

2nd Special Achievement – Joel Harder, "Joel's Trampoline", LP Miller Comprehensive School

3rd Special Achievement – Olivia Pannell, "No Smudge Eye Glass Cloth and Cleaner", LP Miller Comprehensive School

4th Special Achievement – Gabriel Mak & Gideon Mak, "Mak's Movie Theater", LP Miller Comprehensive School

5th Special Achievement – Dana Engele & Talana Arneson, "New Life Organic Temptations", Carrot River Senior/Junior High School

6th Special Achievement – Callie Hiebert, "Royal Tree Photography", Carrot River Senior/Junior High School

Agricultural Business Award

Business Plan Grades 6 – 9 – Tessa Thomas, "Tessa's Farm Fresh Vegetables", St. Brieux School

Business Plan Grades 10 – 12 – Blaine Matyjanka & Dylan Wlaz, "B & D Spraying", Carrot River Senior/Junior High School

Newsask Memorial Award

Andie Hildebaugh & Samara Peters, "Megacase", LP Miller Comprehensive School

This project is funded by many community minded businesses. Community Futures Newsask is committed to working in the north east to achieve development in business and communities. This project is partially funded by Western Economic Diversification Canada