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Young entrepreneurs offer animal products, services in start-ups

By Ryan Wilson, News Editor, Clay Center Dispatch

CCCHS students in a entrepreneur class presented a lot of good ideas at the second young entrepreneur’s fair at the Common Ground building last night.

Local business owner Randy Rundle said it was hard to chose a winner. The public was invited to vote for the People’s Choice award by “investing” with simulated money into each idea.

"They’re all viable,” Rundle said.

Judges selected “Sherbert’s farm fresh eggs” business by Courtney Sherbert as the winner who will represent Clay County the Kansas competition for young entrepreneur.

Sherbert turned her FFA project that worked with 30 chickens into a business that sells a dozen eggs for $2 each.

She said chickens are a challenge to raise. She has grown her operation over the course of several years by raising chickens into egg producing hens. Making sure they’re fertile and producing not only requires giving them fresh water and feeding daily, but also to protect them from the cold, make sure they’re healthy and collect their eggs everyday, she said.

“Holden Puppies,” by Holden Heigele, was selected for the People Choice award. Heigele breeds English bulldogs that he sells for $1,750. Currently he has two mother dogs and two litters, including a litter of eight and a litter of four.

“Bee Happy Honey” made by Caitlin Cramer, Longford, was selected by judges for second place. Cramer said the project also spanned a couple of years. She collects honey from three hives and hopes to add soap and candles made from beeswax to the business.

Emma Smith’s business of livestock training, selected for third place, would offer training for 4-Hers and others wanting to show animals at a county fair or contest through a camp experience for four days at a time on either cattle or sheep or both.

“Crackling Flames Firewood” proposed by Levi Pfizenmaier, Evan Rosenow, Jenessa Wickersham and Parker Rice would sell fireword or hedge posts or cut down trees for about $100 a truckload.

Emilee Sweet, Luke Koppes and Skye Smith proposed a “baskets” business that would sell baskets containing different items for under $20 that could get people started in gardening or grill, or making cookies, as well as a meat and cheese basket.

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