2 B.R. Students Start Business
Hailey Gocke and Laurel Kiker, two Blowing Rock School students, received funding for their new businesses. Hailey's Rose’s Art Boxes will go to hospitals and nursing home patients and Laurel's Iced Up will focus on baking cupcakes and other baked products. Entrepreneurship class sponsored by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce and Zak Ammar through a community partnership with Blowing Rock School.
Each student spent their 8th-grade year at Blowing Rock School learning aspects of building and beginning a business with several of their classmates. Students planned and developed a business plan and ultimately had to pitch their plan in front of a panel of current and previous business owners for an opportunity to receive funding to begin their venture. Both Hailey and Laurel were awarded their start-up business' funding following the pitch. Congratulations!
As stated earlier, Laurel will sell baked goods, mainly cupcakes to start, with the focus on her wonderful icing. She spent the entire school year experimenting at home with her icing, to the benefit and sometimes not, of her family's tastebuds. Hailey is going to begin building art boxes to distribute to hospital patients and hopefully develop it further as a non-profit.
A special thanks to Zak Anmar for teaching the class with Rob Smith, and to Zak for finding funds to help these students. App State's Erik Schlenker for volunteering in class to help students. Blowing Rock's Chamber of Commerce's Tim Hilton, Jim McDowell, and Charles Hardin for guidance. Additionally, to Precision Printing for donating business carts for all students involved.