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2014 MADE In Missouri Entrepreneurship Competition
Winners Announced

The final round of the 2014 MADE IN Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition was held August 12th as part of the Missouri State Fair. The annual event is sponsored by the Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship to recognize the importance of locally owned businesses and to provide a venue to assist them toward their success. This competition assists new and aspiring businesses through a competitive and educational business development process that awards business investment funds to the winners.

The competition starts by participants answering a questionnaire about their business ideas including the impact their business would have on the community. Following a review of the questionnaire competitors are provided with tips and suggestions on how to make their businesses better in the first round. The finalists have to turn in completed business plans and financial projections prior to the event at the State Fair. During the final round of the competition business owners presented their products and services in a trade show and presentation format for the judges at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

Certificates and business investment awards were given out to the winners in each of the two categories, Open and Youth. In the Open category, the first place winner is Kim Lanes with 5Gen Salsa and Bloody Mary Mix from Harrisburg. The second place winner is Brandon Banks with Edge Photography from Warrensburg. The third place winner of the Open category is Bethany Mootz with Patterns For Health, LLC from Sedalia. First place in the Youth Category is Cassandra Marks with Always Better With Icing from Warrensburg. Second place in the Youth category went to inventors Michael Alexander and Zechariah Lefholz with Tomorrow’s Innovation from Blue Springs. Third place in the Youth competition went to Kayla Huff and Sarah Whanger of Montgomery City with a social entrepreneurship business called County Cupcakes.

The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE) is comprised of members from several state agencies, USDA Rural Development and others and is facilitated by Missouri Valley Community Action Agency of Marshall, Missouri, a not-for-profit organization located in Marshall, MO.

For further information or to learn how to apply to compete in the 2015 competition, contact Cheryl Zimny, Community Development Manager at Missouri Valley Community Action Agency at (660) 886-7476, ext. 816 or by email at zimnyc@mvcaa.net.

This project/program is funded at 75% at $15,000 by federal funds and 25% at $5,000 by nongovernmental sources for a total amount of $20,000. The federal funds are received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division.

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