Y.E.S. for Arkansas Expo Day

Congratulations to the Top 25 Y.E.S. for Arkansas finalists!
Now it’s time for teams to begin work on creating their Best Marketing Piece and Best Retail Booth entries for Expo Day!
Expo Day will be Friday, January 26, at Park Plaza, 6000 W. Markham St., Little Rock.. Team teachers/sponsors will now need to start collecting T-shirt sizes for themselves and each team member. Media releases for each teacher/sponsor and team member must also be completed. Both the T-shirt sizes and the media releases can be uploaded to the team’s Startup Compete account. Arkansas Capital will send an email to the teachers/sponsors of the Top 25 teams with more information following the announcement.
A Marketing Piece can be a flyer, brochure, video or audio clip, web page, social media promotion, or other idea the students want to create. Neither Wi-Fi nor hardwire internet connections are available. For internet-based marketing pieces, design them to where you can show them offline. You will need to bring your own laptop or other mobile device.
For Retail Booths, elements of the booth design should include color, lighting, signage, and focus. Elements of the display need to be neat and streamlined, showcasing the features and benefits of the product or service. Team members need to be prepared to talk about their product or service and show professionalism and enthusiasm.
Each booth space will be 8 feet wide by 6 feet deep with a skirted 6-foot table, two chairs, and electrical power drops provided. Also, each booth will have an 8-foot drape hanging at the back of the booth with 3 feet of drape hanging along the sides of the booth.

Click here for pictures of team retail booths at previous Expo Day events.

Expo Day Schedule:

  • Arrive at Park Plaza: Between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
  • Setup on Third Level: Between 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Expo and Judging: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Takedown: 12:00 p.m.
  • Awards Ceremony: 1:30 p.m., Park Plaza Level 2, East Side
  • Departure: 2:00 p.m.


Best Business Plan: The 1st through 4th place winners were decided by judges in the written round, determined by the teams with the highest four scores. These winners are announced along with the other winners in the categories during the Expo Day Awards Ceremony.
2018 Best Marketing Piece Scoresheet and 2018 Best Retail Booth Display ScoresheetA new crew of judges will be on hand at Park Plaza to visit with teams and score them in these categories. Click on the links to see the scorecards to help you in your Expo Day preparations.
2018 Most Innovative Scoresheet: One more new set of judges will visit teams with the top 10 highest scores in this category from the written round. These teams will also be notified after the Top 25 finalist announcement. Teams need to be prepared to convince these judges why their product is innovative. Click on the link to see the scorecard for this division.