Ninth graders at Wilbur-Creston High School developed fourteen local business ideas during this year’s Local Business Plan Challenge. The project encouraged students to think about starting a local business that would benefit their communities. The Challenge, now in its sixth year, is a partnership between Wilbur-Creston business instructor Stacey Nash and the Lincoln County Economic Development Council.
The 2020 GEW Challenge is About to Begin!
The Lincoln County EDC and Wilbur-Creston 9th grade students will kick off the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Week Business Plan Challenge on November 26. Twenty-nine students will begin the Challenge by inventorying their community’s strengths and challenges from which they will develop their ideas for the Challenge – to create a business plan for a business startup that addresses a strength or challenge.
They will have until early January to choose a business, write their plan, and prepare to present their business plans to the EDC and their peers.The authors of the top two plans will be invited to present their business ideas at the Wilbur Chamber of Commerce banquet on January 16!
WILBUR-CRESTON HS STUDENTS SHINE IN BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION
Forty-one seniors and freshmen developed fifteen local business ideas during the 2018 Business Plan Challenge at Wilbur-Creston High School. The event coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week and celebrates entrepreneurship and the idea of starting your own business. Students start by thinking about their community’s strengths and opportunities; determine a business they will develop; and then they present their business plans to their classmates and to EDC staff.
The project encourages students to think through the process of starting a new business and about the impact on their community when they start a business locally. The businesses chosen either filled a void or took advantage of a strength in the community and ranged from electrical contracting and guided fishing trips to an 80’s-themed arcade and a health food store.
A partnership between the Economic Development Council and Wilbur-Creston business instructor Stacey Nash, the annual Business Plan Challenge is in its fifth year.
A look at some of the entrepreneurial students from previous events.