Bees, Drive-In, Fencing, Puppies Proposed As New Businesses

By Ryan D. Wilson
Clay Center Dispatch, Kan.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) High school students in an entrepreneurship class proposed bee-keeping, a drive-in movie theater, a fencing business and a dog breeding business at a recent pitch contest for young entrepreneurs.

Clay Center Dispatch, Kan.

Two of the students in Andrea Mattas’ class are returning students, including Caitlin Cramer whose honey-related business, ‘Bee Happy Honey,’ produces honey and honey related products, and Holden Heigele, who breeds English Bulldog puppies for his “Holden Puppies.”

Cramer, who was awarded first place and the People’s Choice Award for her proposal, said one of the things she changed for her proposal was to extend the line of honey-related products she offers. She’s added a line of soap that’s scented with honey that’s been very popular.

Cramer’s project received second place at last year’s Young Entrepreneur Fair. She collects honey from three hives in the Longford area and said the bees are especially productive near alfalfa fields.

The most challenging part of bee-keeping is keeping the hive healthy and keeping them from swarming and the hive and the queen leaving with the worker bees, which is always a risk, Cramer said.

Heigele, whose project received the People’s Choice Award last year, was selected for second place by judges this year. Heigele said he changed a few things in his business, including switching to propane heat added installation to save money and is utilizing matts for easier clean-up. He’s also increased the price for the puppies to $1,850 because the puppies he raised last year sold so quickly.

This year he only has four puppies instead of a dozen, as one mother wasn’t bred and the other had a smaller litter.

“But that’s kind of the way it goes,” he said. “Last year I was really lucky.”

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