Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Home

February 21, 2013

Young mavericks mean business

Westport — Four South Decatur high school students have won a total of $1,000 as part of the local Maverick Challenge, which challenges students to create a detailed business plan.

Paje Smiley, Lexie Armand and Shelby Sparkman won $500 to split between them for their business plan for “Grandma Lexie’s Herbtastic Popsicles,” and Morgan Tomson won $500 for her business plan for “Tomson’s Recipient Herd,” which outlines plans for a surrogate mother program for cattle.

EcO15 (Economic Opportunities through Education 2015) was started by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. in 2007, which provides grants to southern Indiana community foundations which fund educational programs related to manufacturing, tourism and healthcare. As part of Eco15, southeastern community foundations started the Maverick challenge.

On Saturday, March 2 in Columbus, the four South Decatur winners’ projects will be judged against several contestants from nearby counties, according to Main Street Greensburg executive director Bryan Robbins, who said the winners will have the opportunity to win several thousand dollars.

“These kids put a lot of time and work into their projects,” said Decatur County Community Foundation director, Deb Locke. “This is something you could take to a bank or investor to start a business.”

Locke said the Community Foundation’s goal with the Maverick Challenge is to promote the education needed for changing skill sets with evolving technology in fields such as robotics, math and science. The education is not just aimed at high school kids, said Locke, but adults who are returning to school, looking to get a GED, or those who have been displaced in work.

Each team was required to create a business plan explaining the marketing, and financial figures of their potential entrepreneurship, as well as to try to develop a unique business which could actually be started in the community.

Robbins mentioned that EcO15 received support from several local and corporate businesses, “I’d like to give a special thanks to the (Greensburg) Learning Center,” said Robbins, who praised everyone involved for the hard work put into the projects.

Contact: Tess Rowing 812-663-3111 x7004

1
Text Only
News
Obituaries
Sports
Must Read
Features
nws-gb082114-Shelter Spotlight pic 2 (Pics share a cutline)

Featured Ads
NCAA Photo Roundup
NCAA Highlights
SmugMug Photo Galleries


Share your photos with us!

Facebook
Twitter Updates
AP Video
US: We Do Not Pay Ransom to Terrorists Ferguson Teachers Training to Deal With Trauma Jon Hamm on the Unrest in Ferguson Tit for Tat? McDonald's Shuttered in Moscow Life on the Professional Video Game Circuit TX Gov Perry in Washington: 'Confident' in Case Hospital Releases Two Missionaries Who Had Ebola Ramen Health Risks: The Dark Side of the Noodle NYC Doctor-in-chief Seeks Community Approach Indonesian Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters Raw: Shots Fired in Liberian Shantytown DOJ, Bank of America Reach Record Settlement Raw: Cubavision Airs Images of Fidel Castro Raw: Grief After Deadly Airstrikes in Gaza Officer Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended Kathy Griffin Challenges Minaj to 'a Booty Off' Johnson: Six Arrests, No Tear Gas in Ferguson Raw: Rescue, Relief Efforts at Japan Landslide Cadavers, a Teen, and a Medical School Dream California Drought Stings Honeybees, Beekeepers
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.