BV students to compete in 2018 Y.E.S. Expo Day
Bath bombs that keep bathwater colored after dissolving, new picture frames and dog beds upcycled from old toys and dog sweaters, and a device to keep extra milk spilling out of a gallon jug into a small cereal bowl are among the top 25 business ideas advancing to Arkansas Capital Corporation’s 13th annual Youth Entrepreneur Showcase (Y.E.S.) for Arkansas Expo Day on Friday, Jan. 26, at Park Plaza in Little Rock.
Three business teams from Berryville Middle School have qualified for the showcase: B.A.M. by Mia Thurman, Alyvia Scroggins and Lily Hillier, No Worry Brownie by Issy Knapik and Scoods by Maria Berrios, Lauren Spurlock, Dustin Soto, Brody Perkins and Nathan Edwards.
Of the top 25 finalists, the following 10 teams are also finalists in the “Most Innovative Product” category: B.A.M., No Worry Brownie, Scoods, Fun Fizzerz, Backpack Tower, Henderson Middle School, Galaxy Fudge, The Lone Wasp, Bombs Away, Fun Framers, and Pet Luv Sweater Beds.
The 25 finalists will now prepare to showcase their ideas and sales skills for the Jan. 26 Expo Day event on Level 3 at Park Plaza. Expo Day is open to the public, and teams will have their products for sale. Judges will be visiting the teams during the 10:00 a.m. to noon window to decide the first- through fourth-place winners in three categories: Most Innovative Product, Best Marketing Piece and Best Retail Booth Display. The winners in the Best Business Plan category were determined in the first round and will also be announced at the awards ceremony.
Cash prizes totaling $1,100 and a school trophy will be awarded to the advisers of the four top teams in each category, totaling $4,400. Cash prizes of up to $1,050 are awarded to all students who are members of the top three teams, totaling $4,200. The four teams in each category also receive souvenir medals.
Y.E.S. finalists were selected from 115 teams from 19 schools in 12 Arkansas counties.