Cherokee County Youth Entrepreneur Fair to Take Place on February 25th

Cherokee County Economic Development and the Cherokee County E-Community will host the first annual Cherokee County Youth Entrepreneur Fair on Wednesday, February 25th at Columbus Unified High School, 124 S. High School Ave., Columbus, KS.  Twelve (12) teams of high school students representing the Baxter Springs, Columbus, and Southeast School Districts will present their business concepts with a written business plan, a 2-3 minute elevator pitch to judges, and a tabletop display.

Students will be competing for more than $2,500 in cash prizes courtesy of the following sponsors: American Bank of Baxter Springs, ATEC Steel, B & B Discount, CBW Bank, Cherokee County Economic Development (1st Prize), Columbus Telephone Company/Optic Communications, Commerce Bank (3rd Prize), Empire District Electric Company, Farmer’s Cooperative Association, Jay Hatfield Companies (2nd Prize), Shelter Insurance – Richard Hilderbrand, University Bank, and Wolkar Drug.

“We are excited that so many students will be competing and hope that this event gives them the encouragement they need to launch their ventures,” says Economic Development Director Janet Miller.

The public is invited to view student displays and visit with entrants in the CUHS cafeteria starting at 3:15 pm. They are also welcome to stay for the awards presentation which will take place at approximately 4:00 pm.

For more information on the Youth Entrepreneur Fair, contact Cherokee County Economic Development Director Janet Miller at 620-762-0717 or