2016 Y.E.S. for Arkansas Top 25 Finalists Announced

2016 Y.E.S. Expo Day is February 5 at Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock

The  Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation (AEAF) announced December 16, 2015, the 25 teams advancing to the final round of the 11th annual Youth Entrepreneur Showcase (Y.E.S.) for Arkansas for Arkansas business plan competition.

Top 25 finalist teams, in alphabetical order by team name:

  1. A to Z Inc.; Washington Middle School, El Dorado
  2. Bocket; Bradford Elementary School, Bradford
  3. Flash Brush; Southwest Middle School, Searcy
  4. Geeky Grips; Forest Heights STEM Academy, Little Rock
  5. H.A.M.M.A. Headbandz; Southwest Middle School, Searcy
  6. Hook-A-Balm; Washington Middle School, El Dorado
  7. LoveYourMother; Pulaski Heights Middle School, Little Rock
  8. L’s Designs; Christ the King Catholic School, Little Rock
  9. Magnetic Masterpieces; Cotter Public Schools, Cotter
  10. Paperings; Forest Heights STEM Academy, Little Rock
  11. Party in a Box; North Heights Junior High School, Texarkana
  12. Pok It; Forest Heights STEM Academy, Little Rock
  13. Ribbon-Wrapz; Carlisle Elementary School, Carlisle
  14. Robot Café; Prairie Grove Middle School, Prairie Grove
  15. Shade-Its; Christ the King Catholic School, Fort Smith
  16. Soapies; Manila Middle School, Manila*
  17. Stresslets; Forest Heights STEM Academy, Little Rock
  18. Sugar Sweets Sugar Scrubs; Omaha Public Schools, Omaha
  19. Super Slimers; Sheridan Intermediate School, Sheridan
  20. Tarros Colorido; Omaha Public Schools, Omaha
  21. Tasty Paste; Lonoke Elementary School, Lonoke
  22. The Quizzicals; Prairie Grove Middle School, Prairie Grove
  23. The Repurposed Project; Pulaski Heights Middle School, Little Rock
  24. Trendy T-Shirt Tribe; Cotter Public Schools, Cotter
  25. Triple Chocolate Squares; North Heights Junior High School, Texarkana

*Soapies is unable to attend Expo Day, so 26th-place team Cre8tive Kidz Co.; Pangburn Public Schools, Pangburn, will take its place.

The teams will compete in the 2016 Y.E.S. for Arkansas Expo Day beginning at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 5, 2016, at Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock, third level. The expo is open to the public.

Each team and its teacher advisor will have a booth to showcase their business ideas and sell products to Park Plaza Mall patrons between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Judges will visit the teams during this period to select first- through fourth-place winners in the following categories: Best Business Plan, Most Innovative Product, Best Marketing Piece, and Best Retail Booth Display.

AEAF will announce the winners in a 1:30 p.m. ceremony on the second level of Park Plaza Mall. Cash prizes of $1,100 and a school trophy will be awarded to the advisors of the four top teams in each category ($4,400 total). Cash prizes of up to $1,050 are awarded to all students who are members of the top three teams (up to $4,200 total). The four teams in each category also receive souvenir medals.


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