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YBEX 2015

  • May 14, 2015
  • Written by Newsask Admin
YBEX YBEX

14th ANNUAL
YOUTH BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2015

Hosted and partially sponsored by

Community Futures Newsask

WHAT YBEX – YOUTH BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS

WHEN Saturday, May 2, 2015

WHERE Carrot River Community Hall – Carrot River, 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 (CF) Newsask hosted their 14th Annual Youth Business Excellence Awards (YBEX) in Northeast Saskatchewan. There were approximately 85 people in attendance for the YBEX Awards Dinner, which was held May 2, 2014 at the Carrot River Community Hall, Carrot River, SK.

Congratulations to the winners and nominees of CF Newsask's 2015 YBEX awards," said Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament for Prince Albert, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. "Government has consistently worked to support Western Canadians in realizing their business ambitions and through our support for Community Futures we are helping to prepare the next generation of business leaders."

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This event has grown significantly over the past fourteen years. Since inception over 612 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 33 submissions involving 57 youth.

Awards were provided for the creation of a business idea and development of a BUSINESS PLAN. Submissionsclearly 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 five 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 Out of School Youth 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 Cool Neck Wraps", Carrot River Senior/Junior High School

2nd place winner – Jelena Mak, "The Garden Nook", LP Miller Comprehensive High School

3rd place winner – Maricar Fuentes, "Shake it Off!", LP Miller Comprehensive High School

Grades 10-12

3rd place winner – Jade Gallais, "Infinite Scarfs", St. Brieux School

2nd place winner – Erika Hoehn, "Broadway Dance House", St. Brieux School

1st place winner – Dana Palmer, "Burrow Ave Bistro", Carrot River Senior/Junior High School

Out of School Youth, Under 30

1st place winner – Taylor Ellingson, "Taylor's Café", Cumberland College, SIAST Business Certificate Program

2nd place winner – Misty McLachlan, "McLachlan Farms Inc.", Cumberland College, SIAST Business Certificate Program

3rd place winner – Brittney Ramstead, "Styled Child", Cumberland College, SIAST Business Certificate Program

· Business Plan Group Category Winners

Grades 6 – 9

1st place winner – Redlyn Sevilla & Marie Banaria, "Bottle of Happiness", LP Miller Comprehensive High School

2nd place winner – Colby Rein & Camren Smith, "C and C Sports", LP Miller Comprehensive High School

3rd place winner – Diana Aquino, Delainey Phillips & Angelica Epine, "A & D, D's Tees",LP Miller Comprehensive High School

Grades 10-12

1st place winner – Luke Holmes & Ty Bergen, "Flipp 'N' Repair", Carrot River Senior/Junior High School

2nd place winner – Bryce McCrea & Levi Skalicky, "Bainbridge Outfitters", Carrot River Senior/Junior High School

3rd place winner – Austin Merrett & Will Wiens, "Unity", Carrot River Senior/Junior High School

Out of School Youth, Under 30

1st place winner – Tanice Blaski, Jocelyn Berting & Jessica Janzen, "JTJ Western Wear", Cumberland College, SIAST Business Certificate Program

· Business Venture Individual Category Winner

1st place winner – Caleb Funkner, "CJ's Ice Cream Shack", Homeschool in Aylsham, SK

2nd place winner – Brent Fagnov, "Breina Docks", St. Brieux School

3rd place winner – Jenna Eisner, "Art by Jenna", St. Brieux School

· Business Venture Group Category Winner

1st place winner – Cassidy Miller and Erika Schapansky, "Ash n' Cass Bracelets", Carrot River Senior/Junior High School

SPECIAL ACHEIVEMENT 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 – Dana Palmer, "Burrow Ave Bistro", Carrot River Senior/Junior High School

2nd Special Achievement – Caleb Funkner, 'CJ's Ice Cream Shack", Homeschool in Aylsham, SK

3rd Special Achievement – Diana Aquino, Delainey Phillips, and Angelic Epine, "A & D, D's Tees", LP Miller Comprehensive High School

4th Special Achievement – Clark Aylward, "Clark's Cool Neck Wraps", Carrot River Senior/Junior High School

5th Special Achievement – Cassidy Miller and Erika Schapansky, "Ash n' Cass Bracelets", Carrot River Senior/Junior High School

Agricultural Business Award

Business Plan Out of School

Youth, Under 30 – Misty McLachlan, "McLachlan Farms Inc.", Cumberland College, SIAST Business Certificate Program

Business Plan Grades 10 – 12 – Timothy Fagnou & Sean Cipywnyk, "Sucus", St. Brieux High School

Newsask Memorial Award – Clark Aylward, "Clark's Cool Neck Wraps", Carrot River Senior/Junior High 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. Community Futures Newsask is supported by Western Economic Diversification Canada