Youth Business Ventures Competition Winners Announced


The winners of the first Sheridan County Youth Business Ventures Competition were announced Wednesday. Pictured are (left to right) Dana Pearce, vice chair of the Chamber’s Ag & Natural Resources Committee; Michael Shaw, Youth Business Ventures Competition Sole Proprietorship category winner; Elsa Petzold and Izack Brown, Youth Business Ventures Competition Partnership category winners; and Clarke McClung, chair of the Chamber’s Ag & Natural Resources Committee.

The winners of the first Sheridan County Youth Business Ventures Competition, coordinated by the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce Ag & Natural Resources Committee, were announced Wednesday, May 9, during the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce’s Lunch.

In the Partnership Category for Ages 13-18, Elsa Petzold with co-owners Izack Brown, Jacob Brown, Kyle Mediate, Logan Mediate,  Ian Petzold and Ryan Petzold were named the winners. Their business, “Gravid X,” focuses on artificial insemination of dairy and meat goats. The group is working to expand the genetic potential of their small goat herds and subsequent sales of high quality animals that will be sought after in the city, county and state.

In the Sole Proprietorship Category for Ages 13-18, Michael Shaw was named the winner with his business, “Hortus.” Hortus is a market garden that sells a large variety of vegetables at local farmers markets and health food stores.

The competition was open to any 4-H or FFA member youth ages 8 to 18 in Sheridan County. A total of five applicants wrote and presented business plans to a selection panel.

Gravid X and Hortus each receives $500 seed money, with possible access to an additional $500 over the next year based on the success of the business and additional need. In addition, the selection panel members are available to the youth throughout the next year to act as mentors.

“The purpose of the competition is to encourage youth to develop an entrepreneurial mindset that will benefit them in future career opportunities, help them learn the process of developing business plans and provide an avenue for youth to practice and develop effective verbal communication and goal setting,” said Clarke McClung, chair of the Chamber’s Ag & Natural Resources Committee. “Through this competition we can encourage youth to start and grow businesses in our community and help them succeed by providing seed money, mentorship and Chamber resources.”

The funding for the Youth Business Ventures Competition was made possible by sponsorships from AgTerra Technologies, Inc., Three Peaks Real Estate, Sheridan Local Foods and the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce Ag & Natural Resources Committee.

For more information about the competition, call the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce at (307) 672-2485.

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