Business plan competition set for March


Opportunities to gain some startup funds and hone business abilities are coming to Salina in early March.

The initially Charlie Walker Entrepreneurial Problem is open up to inhabitants of Saline, Ellsworth, McPherson, Dickinson and Ottawa counties.

There is no price to enter. 

Deadline to use is 11:59 p.m. Friday March 4. Fascinated people or teams can total the application method electronically at, which includes a company prepare, and two- to three-moment elevator pitch movie, promoting your organization system thought.

“We are happy to be co-sponsoring this 7 days of entrepreneurial programs, concluding with the Charlie Walker Entrepreneurial Problem,” explained Mitch Robinson, executive director of the Salina Neighborhood Economic Growth Organization, 120 W. Ash.

Organizers strongly stimulate candidates to show up at the cost-free Project Open up training from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 15 and Wednesday Feb. 16 in Space 118 of the Know-how Centre at the Kansas Condition College Aerospace and Engineering Campus, 2310 Centennial Highway.

The classes are built to aid applicants establish their company plan. If you are not capable to go to, a video clip connection will be offered. Register at

The routines launch through the week of March 7 with 4 neighborhood functions, concluding with a are living pitch competition at 6 p.m. Friday, March 11 at The Temple — Salina Innovation Foundation — at 336 S. Santa Fe in downtown Salina. The accumulating is open up to the community.

Candidates will compete for income prizes of $8,000, $5,000 and $3,000— offered by location sponsors — to be applied for relevant company startup expenditures.

“If you don’t post a system (by 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 4), you simply cannot be viewed as for prizes,” Robinson stated.

Foremost up to the finale will be four plans concentrating on business owners intrigued in starting up their have business enterprise:

• 6 p.m. Monday, March 7, Kansas Point out University Salina Aerospace and Engineering Campus (Place 118 in the Technology Heart): “The 3 Ms – Cash, Promoting and Management.”

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, college students from Salina Central and Salina South higher educational institutions will compete in the Youth Entrepreneurship Obstacle at Salina Space Specialized College or university, 2562 Centennial Highway in the Airport Industrial Centre.

The winning personal or crew will earn $500, with $350 for second and $200 for third.

• 6 p.m. Wednesday March 9, in the dining hall of The Temple, 336 S. Santa Fe: “Women in Enterprise,” highlighting numerous females who have started their own organizations in the Salina local community.

• 6 p.m. Thursday, March 10, “Social Media Marketing” seminar at the Check out Salina Annex, 120 W. Ash, up coming doorway to the north of the Salina Spot Chamber of Commerce.

The remaining activity, 6 p.m. March 11 in The Temple eating hall will contain the business prepare level of competition, with each finalist’s 5-minute pitch presentation to a panel of judges. Each and every finalist then will have 5 minutes to respond to queries from judges, with regards to their displays and the first application.

The Entrepreneurial Challenge is named in honor of the legendary Salina businessman, Charlie Walker, who started a selection of companies, biggest among them Salina-centered Blue Beacon Worldwide (known for its truck and RV washes), and the Rolling Hills Zoo in close proximity to Hedville.

Walker died in 2012, but his family members has ongoing his determination by spearheading a range of civic triggers in the Salina neighborhood.

“This levels of competition is a way to enable folks notice their dreams,” claimed Mary Landes, executive director of the Salina Innovation Basis, primarily based in The Temple.

Co-functioning spaces are obtainable for hire at beneath sector cost, she said, for individuals wanting to get begun with their own organizations.

“That’s what Charlie did. He began with an plan and developed it up,” she explained. “Lots of people have goals, and this is a way to aid them notice those dreams.”

The competitors is sponsored by Startup Salina, Salina Space Chamber of Commerce, Salina Neighborhood Economic Advancement Business, The Co-Doing work Place at The Temple, Kansas Condition College Salina Aerospace and Engineering Campus, Kansas Wesleyan College and Community Kansas.

To study extra, simply call (785) 404-3131 or visit

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Members of Startup Salina, a team of entrepreneurs, and all those aiming to be, meet at 5:30 p.m. on the very first Wednesday each and every thirty day period in the co-operating room at the Temple. To understand far more, call (785) 404-3131.

Maria Flores

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