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‘Pure Shrimp’ wins Hormel Business Plan competition

AREA News, News, Photo Feature - 04.29.19

Tyler McCarty of Pure Shrimp is the 2019 Hormel Entrepreneurship Competition champion.

The Hormel Entrepreneurship Competition had seven strong finalist.

(Brent Cobb – MCC News Information) Tyler McCarty’s idea to bring a shrimp farm to the area – “Pure Shrimp” was named winner of the 2019 Ben Hormel Business Plan Competition and $18,000 through McCook Community College’s Business and Community Education.

“Pure Shrimp” was selected from among seven finalists who presented business plans Friday at MCC. McCarty is working with an advisory firm in Indiana who help establish shrimp farms. This one would be located south of McCook near “M” Hill, and some of the work has already been completed in anticipation of the first batch of shrimp.

The other six finalists will all receive $2,000 to help infuse area business startups and expansion in the area. Those six businesses include: McCook Mechanical Services, LLC; Smart Hopperz, Inc.; Woody’s Small Engine; Anderson Sales; Republican Valley Trucking (Harris Trucking); and 308 Coffee Roasters

There were 21 applications in this year’s competition with 14 semi-finalists awarded scholarships to pay for tuition and fees (about $321 worth) to enroll in the mandatory eight-week on-line Entrepreneurship Business Plan writing course offered through Mid-Plains Community College.

The Hormel Entrepreneurship Competition is a partnership with McCook Community College and Southwest Nebraska area business sponsors, to help local business startups or expansion using business plan writing and a business grant and was open to those in seven Southwest Nebraska counties including Chase, Dundy, Hitchcock, Hayes, Frontier, Red Willow, and Furnas.

Gold sponsors include Community Hospital, McCook Economic Development Corp., McCook Community Foundation, MNB Financial Group and the McCook College Foundation and Mid-Plains Community College. First Central Bank and Pinnacle Bank are bronze sponsors.