Y.E.S. for Arkansas 5th-8th Grade Business Plan Competition


Y.E.S. for Arkansas – 2021-2022

We hope you and your students will enter the 2022 Y.E.S. for Arkansas competition!
Please see a tentative schedule to the right of this message. 
Y.E.S. is open to all 5th-8th grade students in Arkansas. Teams can be classroom-based or can be from any afterschool, church, or other organization.
Please email Marie Bruno at Arkansas Capital (mbruno@arcapital.com) to be put on the mailing list so we can send you updates as we finalize our plans and schedule for Y.E.S. 2022. 
Thank you and have a great summer!
TENTATIVE Schedule for 2021-2022
October 1 – Team application window opens on YouNoodle
October 31 – Business plans due (uploaded via team application in YouNoodle
Before Christmas Break – Announcement of Top 25 finalists
February 2022 – Expo Day – VIRTUAL
Since 2006:
9,044 Arkansas Youth Impacted
2,998 Business Plans Entered
$102,217 in CASH Awarded

Why is Y.E.S. important to 5th-8th graders and to Arkansas?

  • It builds a pipeline of future entrepreneurs for the state.
  • It benefits all students – whether or not they become entrepreneurs – because they gain learning experiences that will likely serve them well in their future careers.
  • It’s real-world, designed to mirror the same steps the grownups have to go through if they want to launch a business idea or improve upon an existing one.
  • It’s hands-on. Students are responsible for writing the business plan. They have to figure out how their idea will work, how it can be brought to market, do the math to see if it can make money, and more.
  • Students must engage their core reading, writing, and math skills to write the business plan.
  • Students must also use their soft skills – creativity, critical thinking, communication, problem solving, teamwork, responsibility to others, and more as they move through the competition process.

Y.E.S. is a fantastic way to invest in

Arkansas’s future innovators and entrepreneurs!


CASH prizes will be awarded to the winning teams – that includes the students AND their teachers/mentors! LEARN MORE


Y.E.S. has been around longer than some of today’s competitors! More than 9,000 students have competed since the first Y.E.S. competition in 2006. Who were the winners?