Future Entrepreneurs Compete for Best Business Plans

June 14, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Students from Mineral and Randolph counties have been named co-champions for their creative business proposals in the Idea101: The West Virginia High School Business Plan Competition.

Logan DelSignore, a student at the Mineral County Technical Center, created a winning business plan for “Going Greener Lawn Care and Landscaping” while Shelby Carr, a student at Randolph Technical Center, designed “Merry Puppins: A Mobile Pet Grooming Business.”

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Bryan Staggers and Lacey Hartman of Mineral County Technical Center finished third with “Youth Connections: Innovative and Effective Advertising for Youth and Teens.” Lori Hornsby, Kasey Richardson and C.W. Boggs of Liberty High School in Harrison County were fourth with “Cookie Country: Fresh Homemade Cookies Just Like Grandma’s.” Finishing fifth were Brandon Butler and Lance Maxwell of Lincoln High School in Harrison County with “B&M Marketing: Electronic Marketing for Small Businesses.”

Ninety-three students from across West Virginia entered the competition with14 students competing in the final round, held in June in Clarksburg. Judging for the competition was provided by the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, Pierpont Community and Technical College and the Kanawha Valley Community & Technical College.

“Educating our young people about entrepreneurship and reinforcing the value that innovation brings to our economy is critical to America’s prosperity in the global society of the 21st century,” state Superintendent Steve Paine said. “This is just one more way we are helping West Virginia kids to compete in a fiercely competitive global world.”

For more information, contact Susan Rice, entrepreneurship coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education, at (304) 558-3119, or the Communications Office at (304) 558-2699.


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