Young entrepreneurs came together to showcase their business skills in the first Floyd County Schools Business Fair held today at the Rome-Floyd County Library. Middle school students from Armuchee Middle School and Pepperell Middle School participated in a friendly competition to display their business ideas crafted in business and computer science classes in school.
The students formulated their own business ideas, products, business plans, logos, and marketing plans for the fair and competed in a "Shark Tank" style business competition. In the reality TV series, entrepreneur contestants make business presentations to a panel of investors. In the FCS Business Fair competition, the student entrepreneurs made their presentations to a panel of judges from the business community.
Bryson Bell and Hunter Sisson, eighth-graders at Pepperell Middle School, took top honors winning "Most Likely to Succeed Business Venture" with their UnStopAble Skate Company. The company logo led to the spelling of the name so that the two could use a stop sign in the company branding.
The UnStopAble business model plans to provide quality skateboard products and accessories to Northwest Georgia and one day the world. The company already has shirts, stickers and hoodies with the company logo and the first skateboards are in design. "My dream is to one day be driving and see my company on a skate shop window," said Bell. "How cool would that be!"
In taking the top prize, Bell and Sisson won a pack of $100 Grand candy bars and a $15 gift card. All young entrepreneur participants received a bag of goodies donated by Jenny Watson, Inc., a Herf Jones affiliate.
Other winners included:
Most Successful Booth Appearance: SparyTastic by Kaylin Coffman and Audrey Young of Armuchee Middle School and Sugar Rush Candy Shoppe and Bakery by Maizie Reese, Gage Eubanks and Zach Payne of Pepperell Middle School.
Most Impressive Interview: Soccer Pros by Hunter Mathis of Armuchee Middle School and Sykes Studios by Ashley Jordan and Taylen Lee of Pepperell Middle School.
Judges for the competition were: Chris Carey, owner of Logical Systems in Rome and Chip Hood, owner of ForEvergreen Landscaping and a board member on the Floyd County Board of Education. Teacher organizers of the FCS Business Fair were Beth Wardlaw, a teacher at Armuchee Middle, and Leon Bowers, a teacher at Pepperell Middle.