In May, the Middlesex Workforce Development Partnership launched their third Young Entrepreneurs Business Plan Contest. The contest asked of youth between the ages of 8-18 to complete an entry form and submit a business plan by the beginning of July. To qualify, each participant needed to be a resident of Middlesex County, have a great idea for a business they intend to start in 2022, and possess a budding entrepreneurial mindset.
The contest submissions were split into two categories. One for youth ranging in age from 8-12 and the other for youth aged 13-18. Each business plan was critiqued by 3 members of the Middlesex Workforce Development Partnership and each applicant received the feedback that was recorded by all judges.
“Each year, we continue to be impressed by the submitted business plans,” says Middlesex County’s Director of Economic Development, Cara Finn who Chairs the MWDP. “The passion that comes from these youth through their business plans is inspiring and I hope this display encourages more local youth to bring out their entrepreneurial spirit,” she continues.
The winning business plan for the younger age group came from a resident of the Municipality of Middlesex Centre, Aurora Powers who detailed her “Field Side Freezies” business that aims to catch the attention of young athletes as they look for a cold tasty treat after sport games. The winning business plan for the older age group came from a resident of the Township of Lucan Biddulph, Katie Legg who detailed her “Down to Earth Farms” business, with wide varieties of sweet and hot peppers at the forefront of sales.
We would like to thank all our participants again for the hard work and dedication they put into their business plans and offer another sincere congratulations to our winners. We wish them the best of luck in pursuing their businesses and in future endeavours.