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New Vision on the move with new ideas to improve business market

YAKIMA - Inventors, entrepreneurs and Yakima Valley businesses take note; the Yakima Valley Entrepreneur Network has a vision for your future.

In a conference held the middle of last week at the Central Washington Business Resource Center, New Vision, the Yakima County Development Association, unveiled two new projects to further Yakima Valley economic growth.

New Vision is partnering with Impact Washington to launch the Technology Roadmap Initiative as early as this April. This project is intended to give local businesses or individuals with close to market-ready products or inventions the opportunity to accomplish their goals and build success in the Yakima Valley.

For this project, New Vision and Impact Washington are seeking to locate and identify those innovators of the Yakima Valley who are in need of assistance in assessing and commercializing their ideas.

To open the Technology Roadmap Initiative potential participants are invited to attend a free orientation meeting at Perry Technical Institute's Auditorium on either April 6 at 7 p.m., or April 7 at noon.

Those participants who elect to apply for the Technology Roadmap Initiative will need to complete a questionnaire that details their product ideas and business plan by May 3.

Up to five companies or individuals will be selected to have their products and ideas assessed by Merywn Business Simulation for commercial viability and be given a "roadmap" designed to maximize their success.

But if a Yakima Valley entrepreneur or young business owner finds they are not quite ready to market their inventions, ideas or services, but would like help in developing a business plan, the second initiative by New Vision will do just that.

The Enterprise Challenge will begin with a kickoff announcement on Sept. 1, include business workshops, an entrepreneur trade show, oral presentations and finalize with a gala competition finale in December, where four teams will compete for three cash prizes, including a first place prize of $10,000.

Participants in the Enterprise Challenge will be exposed to various mentoring, coaching and business resources to create a solid business plan. Businesses less than three years old, teams and individuals are encouraged to apply.

Interested parties are encouraged to log in online at www.yakimavalley.biz where they can read all about the Technology Roadmap Initiative as well as the Enterprise Challenge. Questions about both programs can also be posted to Tammy Everts of New Vision at tammy@ycda.com or by calling at 509-575-1140.

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