For Immediate Release

Contact: Sherri Johnston, LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, 260.499.4994

Launch LaGrange 2020 Kicks off

LaGrange, IN. (November 1, 2019) — The LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation The LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation (LCEDC) in collaboration with Lakeland, Prairie Heights and Westview High Schools is thrilled to announce the kick-off of Launch LaGrange 2020. Launch LaGrange provides students the opportunity to start their own business and simultaneously compete for prize money that can be used to grow their business or use towards college tuition. The competition offers LaGrange County students a practical way to development real world business and leadership skills. The kick-off events were well received by students at all three high schools. Each school will be having call outs for students to participate in the program. In late January, students will present their business plans to a panel of judges and the general public at each school system. The top three business ideas will advance to the Launch LaGrange county wide competition planed for February 2020 at Lakeland High School Auditorium.   The students will present their business plan to a panel of investors, entrepreneurs and community leaders. The winner receives $5000 to invest in their business or use for college tuition, second prize $2500 and third prize will be awarded $1000. The top 3 businesses also have scholarships available from Trine University, St. Francis University, Goshen College, Ivy Tech, Indiana Tech and Purdue Fort Wayne. While there are many benefits of Launch LaGrange County, one of the hopes of the LCEDC and our other supporters, is that by helping our youth be successful in finding viable business opportunities, it will ultimately help us retain talented youth in LaGrange County. The LCEDC is calling on LaGrange County residents, companies and business and civic leaders to consider sponsoring the program, a scholarship or a mentorship. For more information or to get involved, please contact the LaGrange County EDC at (260)499-4994 or via email at

About the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation

The LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, established in 2009, is a 501(c) 3 corporation designed to assist business development needs. The LCEDC partners with local, regional, state, and federal agencies to attract, retain, and develop new businesses and entrepreneurs in LaGrange County and its communities. For more information about the LaGrange County EDC, please visit or call at 260.499.4994