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High School Students Test Business Plans’ Feasibility in Entrepreneurship Challenge


Tim Keohane, of the Small Business Development Center at Lock Haven University, provides a lesson on “elevator speeches” before giving students a chance to work on theirs.
Tim Keohane, of the Small Business Development Center at Lock Haven University, provides a lesson on “elevator speeches” before giving students a chance to work on theirs.
Mark A. Ciavarella, assistant professor of business administration/management at Penn College, coaches one of several groups from Montgomery Area Senior High School.
Mark A. Ciavarella, assistant professor of business administration/management at Penn College, coaches one of several groups from Montgomery Area Senior High School.
A group from SUN Tech works on its business plan.
A group from SUN Tech works on its business plan.
Carolyn Shirk, of EconomicsPennsylvania, talks with a group from SUN Tech.
Carolyn Shirk, of EconomicsPennsylvania, talks with a group from SUN Tech.

High school students from across the region spent most of Friday in Penn’s Inn, where the School of Business & Hospitality partnered with EconomicsPennsylvania to present the Entrepreneurship Challenge. Mark A. Ciavarella, assistant professor of business administration/management, along with Carolyn Shirk of EconomicsPennsylvania and Tim Keohane, of the Small Business Development Center at Lock Haven University, taught the students how to take their business ideas from a concept to a plan, coaching them in the basic elements of a viable business plan. EconomicsPennsylvania is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to ensure every young person in Pennsylvania understands the essential economic and financial literacy concepts.

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