Dorchester students present business idea at Big Idea Kearney

Dorchester students present business idea at Big Idea Kearney (NTV News)

Anyone with a business idea, even those as young as ten-years-old, had the chance to pitch their ideas on Wednesday in Kearney.

A bracelet and key chain business, a turkey baster and new fitness revolution are just some of the business ideas that were pitched at Big Idea Kearney.

Four young girls from Dorchester said they started making bracelets in their free time when they were student managers for the high school basketball team. Now it's a business called Country Crafted."Well we asked for Christmas and our birthdays, because well why not? It's cheaper that way. Then after we started making more and got all of these opportunities. We realized we had to have more beads, so we went on a shopping trip and used some of the money that our bracelets had already got us. We're trying to earn money more again, so we can get more beads to sell more and more," said Hailey Schweitzer from Country Crafted.Even though the girls aren't in high school just yet, the Dorchester business teacher encouraged them to apply for Big Idea Kearney."As a business teacher, it's awesome, because I like to see that they're young entrepreneurs, and if they start with this bracelet business and move on to something better. As future FBLA members, they're going to contribute to our program and what we are already doing there so that's exciting to think about," said Dorchester business teacher Kyleigh Lewis.As young as ten-years-old all the way up to adults, three judges and the audience picked the winners in two categories.The 8th annual Big Idea Kearney is hoping to encourage entrepreneurs to share their business ideas with the community."They can submit their ideas for whatever it might be. It could be for a product, a new engine. It could be for a new type of green solution to something. We have all sorts of crazy ideas. The idea behind it is that people will hopefully realize they can start a business with their idea. We are in the Center for Entrepreneurship, so we're here to help them," said Director for UNK's Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development Lisa Tschauner.Contestants in both categories have the ability to win up to $1,000 for their business ideas.

Anyone interested in purchasing a bracelet from Country Crafted can find them on Instagram at the name below.


WinnersCommunity Division:1st Place: Jenn Nolda, Press on Fitness2nd Place: Sam Widger, Sam's At Your ServiceThird Place: Hailey, Addison, Baylor and Atley, Country CraftedStudent Division:1st Place: SriTeja Vedurumudi, Musician Connection2nd Place: Mikayla Fulk, Potato Potato3rd Place: DeVere Larington, Big Bike Locks
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