On Nov. 14 the Lincoln County EDC will kick off the fifth annual Local Business Plan Challenge. Sponsored by the EDC, freshman and sophomore students from Wilbur-Creston School District will be challenged to plan a business – virtual or brick and mortar – that can operate from Lincoln County. The project encourages students to think deeply about their community; about what it takes to start a new business; and about the impact on their community when they start a business in their own home town.
The EDC and the School District’s Business Instructor Stacey Nash will start the challenge with doughnuts and an introduction to Global Entrepreneurship Week, followed by a mini SWOT analysis brainstorming exercise to get students thinking about their community’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Students then decide on a business and have a month to fine tune their plan and prepare either a PowerPoint or video presentation. The EDC will return to the classroom for the presentations and the top two teams will be their guests and will present their business ideas at the Chamber of Commerce banquet in January.
2017 Wilbur Participants