The first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs, the Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is the marquee event of the Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative. Booming interest in entrepreneurship has led many people to think that entrepreneurship is synonymous with Silicon Valley. This Challenge instead highlights entrepreneurship and innovation from the heartland of Rural America.
Congratulations to the Top Ten Semi-finalists!
ATP-SC (Allendale, S.C.) - Team lead: Joe James
Branches, Inc. (Neosho, Mo.) - Team lead: David Parsons
Fergus Foods (Fergus Falls, Minn.) - Team lead: Robert Fuglie
Golden Bridges, Inc. (Palmyra, Mo.) - Team lead: Suzanne Ellerbrock
Mobile Rural Veterinary Clinic (Panhandle, Texas) - Team lead: Joe Hillhouse
Pasturebird, LLC (Temecula, Calif.) - Team lead: Paul Greive
Pulaski Grow (Pulaski, Va.) - Team lead: Lee Spiegel
ScoutPro (Lone Tree, Iowa) - Team lead: Michael Koenig
Shelf Life (Arlington, Tenn.) - Team lead: Glenn Cunningham
StopFlood Appliance Systems (Inkom, Idaho) - Team lead: Brent Singley
For more information about the semi-finalists and the next step of the challenge, see the official press release.