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Humboldt County Office of Education: 13 Business Concept Questions | INNOVATE Business Challenge

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NOTICE: The deadline for Phase 2 Questions submissions has been changed to Friday, April 17 at 5 p.m. In addition, it is likely that the finalist presentation format will be different than originally planned.

Please contact Karen Brooks at (707) 445-7563 or for more information.

13 Business Concept Questions

Phase 2 explores the business side of your idea. You will complete 13 Business Concept Questions to help you transform your concept into an actual viable business opportunity.

The Business Concept Questions form is a fillable Word form. When you download the form, SAVE IT to your computer USING YOUR NAME as the filename. As you answer questions save your work often. Once your answers are completed, upload them electronically through the submission page by Friday, April 17.

Answer sets may also be submitted in person or by mail to the address below or e-mailed to Must still be received (not just postmarked) by the deadline above.

Humboldt County Office of Education
Attn: Karen Brooks
901 Myrtle Avenue, Eureka, CA 95501

13 Questions Resources

As a semifinalist, there is HELP TO DEVELOP your business idea:

  • Answer Workshops are available via Zoom to develop your idea into a business. Semifinalists will receive an email invitation to join a Zoom video coaching workshop. Receive free professional coaching from our business community and information shared on Google Drive. The coaching is personalized to your unique idea.  It is highly recommended that you view a video workshop for each question.
  • Watch Business Concept Videos to help you understand the focus of each question. These are self-help videos, for each question, and can be replayed to help you to answer the question. If you are unable to come to a workshop, these videos can help you understand the questions as you develop your idea.

13 Questions Answer Workshops

Since the countywide school closures on March 16th, the Innovate Business Challenge program moves forward digitally. The face-to-face workshops have been converted to Zoom video workshops. All semifinalists will receive an email invitation to these Zoom workshops.

The workshops provide semifinalists with personalized advice about their idea. Research, concept development, branding, social media, budgeting and financial planning are covered to make these business topics easily understandable. There is also a video series to watch and learn.  An Innovate folder on Google Drive has been set up to share information with all semifinalists.

All semifinalists may receive a review of their answer set prior to the new April 17th deadline, by request.

13 Questions Video Resources

Each Business Question has a corresponding video to help explain the reasoning behind the question. As with learning anything new, these concepts may seem foreign but are the building blocks of any business. You are learning real-world business concepts that every business must consider no matter how large or small. Replay them as often as you need to.

13 Questions Research Guide

We’ve put together a page that contains resources to help you in your research as you fill out the 13 Business Concept Questions.

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