Y.E.S. for Arkansas


Y.E.S. for Arkansas is a statewide business plan competition where students in grades 5-8 showcase their creativity, intuition, and innovation. The competition is designed to encourage Arkansas' students to act upon their ideas and talents in order to produce tomorrow's businesses. This approach encourages students to apply what they learn in school to a real world setting.

The competition was initiated in 2005 as a collaborative project for middle school students. Since then, a total of 1315 students (grades 5-8) representing 38 schools have participated and over $21,500 in cash has been awarded. Y.E.S is managed by the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation (AEAF), an affiliate of Arkansas Capital Corporation



Competition Organizer


Local US Event
Little Rock, AK
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Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Undergraduate - Local U.S.
  • High School - Local U.S.
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • iStart
Who's Eligible

Y.E.S. for Arkansas is a Youth Entrepreneur Showcase for Arkansas students in grades 5-8.  Students from across the state work in small groups, led by their teacher advisors, to develop and market a business concept.  The competition will conclude with a Showcase event to be held on January 18 at the Park Plaza Mall where selected finalists will display their work.