September 23, 2019

Electrical apprentices across the U.S. are ready for the 2020 National Apprentice Start-Up Business Challenge, sponsored by ELECTRI International. Apprentices actively enrolled and in good-standing with the local JATC can enter the competition

Each three-member team will submit a comprehensive Business Plan with local NECA Contractor/Chapter involvement. Teams are expected and encouraged to gain input and feedback on their proposal from NECA contractors, vendors, materials suppliers, and JATC Faculty or Training Directors. Each qualifying team must also show proof that the business plan has been reviewed with at least 3 local NECA contractors.

Each apprentice team must submit its proposal by November 1, 2019. Following a thorough review by a jury of contractors and manufacturers selected by ELECTRI, the team that receives the highest score for the written presentation will be invited to present its business plan at the January ELECTRI Council meeting (in even-numbered years) and at NECA NOW (in odd years).

ELECTRI International will award the top three teams as follows:  1st place team $5,000.; 2nd place $3,000.; 3rd place $1,500.; Best Individual Presenter $500.

For complete rules and regulations pertaining to the Challenge, visit