2016 Y.E.S. Expo Day is February 5
at Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock
Top 25 finalist teams, in alphabetical order by team name:
- A to Z Inc.; Washington Middle School, El Dorado
- Bocket; Bradford Elementary School, Bradford
- Flash Brush; Southwest Middle School, Searcy
- Geeky Grips; Forest Heights STEM Academy, Little Rock
- H.A.M.M.A. Headbandz; Southwest Middle School, Searcy
- Hook-A-Balm; Washington Middle School, El Dorado
- LoveYourMother; Pulaski Heights Middle School, Little Rock
- L’s Designs; Christ the King Catholic School, Little Rock
- Magnetic Masterpieces; Cotter Public Schools, Cotter
- Paperings; Forest Heights STEM Academy, Little Rock
- Party in a Box; North Heights Junior High School, Texarkana
- Pok It; Forest Heights STEM Academy, Little Rock
- Ribbon-Wrapz; Carlisle Elementary School, Carlisle
- Robot Café; Prairie Grove Middle School, Prairie Grove
- Shade-Its; Christ the King Catholic School, Fort Smith
- Soapies; Manila Middle School, Manila
- Stresslets; Forest Heights STEM Academy, Little Rock
- Sugar Sweets Sugar Scrubs; Omaha Public Schools, Omaha
- Super Slimers; Sheridan Intermediate School, Sheridan
- Tarros Colorido; Omaha Public Schools, Omaha
- Tasty Paste; Lonoke Elementary School, Lonoke
- The Quizzicals; Prairie Grove Middle School, Prairie Grove
- The Repurposed Project; Pulaski Heights Middle School, Little Rock
- Trendy T-Shirt Tribe; Cotter Public Schools, Cotter
- Triple Chocolate Squares; North Heights Junior High School, Texarkana
Each team and its teacher advisor will have a booth to showcase their business ideas and sell products to Park Plaza Mall patrons between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Judges will visit the teams during this period to select first- through fourth-place winners in the following categories: Best Business Plan, Most Innovative Product, Best Marketing Piece, and Best Retail Booth Display.
AEAF will announce the winners in a 1:30 p.m. ceremony on the second level of Park Plaza Mall. Cash prizes of $1,100 and a school trophy will be awarded to the advisors of the four top teams in each category ($4,400 total). Cash prizes of up to $1,050 are awarded to all students who are members of the top three teams (up to $4,200 total). The four teams in each category also receive souvenir medals.
Celebrating Arkansas’s Young Entrepreneurs for 11 Years!
The Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Capital, created the Youth Entrepreneur Showcase (Y.E.S.) for Arkansas business plan competition in 2005 to introduce young Arkansans in grades 5-8 to the potential and opportunities of entrepreneurship.
Since the first competition in 2006, more than 6,400 students and teachers have competed for nearly $67,000 in cash awards, trophies, and medals.
Students who compete in Y.E.S. are taking part in a project-based learning activity that requires higher-order thinking skills. They work in teams to think of a business idea that could make money, which also encourages them to think about innovation and what their futures could be.
The team is then charged with creating its own business plan to submit for the competition. The top 25 finalist teams are invited to Park Plaza in Little Rock for the final round of the competition, Y.E.S. for Arkansas Expo Day, to exhibit and market their concepts and products to a team of judges. and to mall patrons. The event concludes with the naming of the winners and an awards presentation.
There is no cost to enter the Y.E.S. competition, and students have everything to gain. Although they may not win, teachers say that competing in Y.E.S. challenges students to use their core reading, writing, spelling, and math skills. The process also brings out their students’ communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative skills – key skills that are part of 21st century education.